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Nilmani Phookan: Jnanpith Awardee and Veteran Assamese Poet Dies

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Nilmani Phookan, one f India’s foremost Assamese poets, died at the age of 90. It is heartbreaking to learn about the death of the famed Indian poet.

According to sources, Nilmanii Phookan, a Jnanpith awardee and prominent Assamese literature, died on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Unfortunately, after being admitted to the hospital, he closed his eyes. At the time of his death, he was 90 years old. Since his death was confirmed, his admirers and loved ones have paid tribute to her and condoled with Phookan’s family members. Follow For More Updates at

Nilmani Phookan Death Reason

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Nilami was survived by his wife, two kids, and a daughter at the time of his death. According to sources, the poet was hospitalized on Wednesday due to his bad health. He had complained of respiratory difficulties and was later transferred to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. It’s difficult to imagine that the country’s most famous author has passed away, leaving her family and fans sad. “Cannot put in words how this loss feels,” reads one tweet. Assam has lost not only a literary icon, but also a sophisticated guy who stood up for his ideals. I’ve known Nilmani Phookan Koka since I was a toddler.

Who Was Nilmani Phookan?

Nilmani Phookan Jr was born on September 10, 1933 in Dergaon, Golaghat district, Assam. In 1961, he received his Master’s Degree in History from Guwahati University. Later, in the early 1950s, he began writing poetry. Phookan began his career as a lecturer at Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. He also translated poems from Japan and Europe into Assamese.

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In addition, he received the 1981 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese for his poetry book, Kavita. Phookan Jr. was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. “Kavya Rishi Nilmani Phookan was one of the brightest literary stars to have enriched Assamese literature, and his work will be remembered forever,” CM said in a statement. He will be remembered fondly by his family and friends.

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