Might Of The Pen : Our Mamoni Baido




A true artist makes personal experiences reach out to the universe. Jnanpith awardee Dr.Indira Goswami, a true artiste that she was did this. Everyone’s 'baideo' Dr. Indira Goswami or better known as Mamoni Roisom Goswami was such a figure who excelled in using her pen to draw live pictures of each and every phenomenon of human life in micro form through her invincible novels or rather be termed as ‘Character graphs’. She also played the role of an intermediary between Assam's extremist organization United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the Government of India. Mmoni Baideo may have enriched Assamese literature with her writing, but she has done equally rich Indian languages. She indeed used to write in Assamese, but the scope of her writing was national. She wrote a novel on cursed widows in Vrindavan and also depicted the Ghats of Varanasi. She chooses Kandli Ramayana and Tulsi Das's Ramacharit Manas as a subject of her research for comparative study and became Ramayani and started lecturing on Ramayana. For this, she visited abroad and received many honors. This was a different and important dimension of her personality. Writing is a communication with the soul and society and a voice of resistance against the discourses of power and Mamoni Raisom Goswami had it all in her ink, that equally scathes, soothes and sensitizes in her brilliant craft of the ecriture feminine, though her oeuvre surpassed the boundaries of race, region and gender in a master portrayal of the human condition.

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