Guwahati, Jun 1 (PTI) Sahitya Akademi awardee and Assamese lyricist Dr Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi died here today at her residence following prolonged illness, according to her family sources.
She was 71.
The self-made Bordoloi was the former president of the apex Assamese literature body `Asom Sahitya Sabha' in 1991.
Decorated with several awards, the multifaceted writer was the recipient of the President award in 1957 for children's literature, the Assam Sahitya Sabha award twice in 1977 and 1989 for her scholarly non-fiction books `Dinar Pisat Din' and `Debi', respectively, followed by the `Sahitya Akademi' award in 1983.
Conferred the `Saraswati Sanman' title in 1987, Bordoloi wrote over 54 Assamese and English books, besides thousands of songs. Prominent among the books are `Kabita : Mon Faringar Rong', `Samipesu', `Antarang', `Asamar Luko Sangonskriti', `Siba', `Asamar Luko Kabita'.
Survived by a daughter, the former academician had retired as the head of the Assamese department of Gauhati University.
Bordoloi also worked in the literary journals `Natun Asomiya' and `Ramdhenu' published from Guwahati in 1950s.
Married as a child bride when she was just 11, Bordoloi acquired her educational degrees with brilliant results after it. Motherhood came to her at 13.
Bordoloi's last rites would be performed today at the Nabagraha crematarium here.
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