Assamese poetry has a rich tradition, and the contribution of women towards development of Assamese literature dates back to as early as the sixteenth century. Works of Assamese women poets are also considered as an important component of Indian literature. Several Assamese women poets have also received important national awards and recognition for their literary contributions. This book is the result of an extensive study on Assamese women poets and their works conducted by Dr Tapati Baruah Kashyap following award of a Junior Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This study covers Assamese women poets right from Aai Padmapriya, who belonged to the sixteenth century and was a near-contemporary of Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva, the two saint-reformers who had also pivoted a great renaissance in Assamese literature, art, culture and music during that period. The book also focuses on the trend of Assamese women?s poetry from the medieval to the modern period, apart from recording the historical significance of Assamese women poets, reflected through interviews of several eminent critics as well as several of the living poets themselves.
Tapati Baruah Kashyap
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