A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Bagmibor‘ Nilmani Phookan, an Indian Assamese poet and freedom fighter, president of Assam Sahitya Sabha :
Issued on Jun 22, 1981
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Red Brown
Denomination : 35 Paise
Name : Nilmoni Phukan (Senior)
Born on Jun 22, 1880 at Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Died on Jan 21, 1978
- Nilmoni Phukan was born at Dibrugarh, Assam, on 22 June 1880. He was educated at Dibrugarh, Gauhati, Cooch Behar and Calcutta. Abandoning his study of law, he came back to Dibrugarh and founded the George Institution. As founder-headmaster for 15 years, he nursed it into a flourishing institution which has done yeoman service in spreading education in the area.
- In 1931 he joined the editorial staff of the Assamese weekly “The Batori“. When it became a daily “The Dainik Batori“ in 1935, Phukan became the first editor of the first daily newspaper in Assamese. He jointly edited “The Alochani“, a monthly from Dibrugarh and another monthly, “The Na–jon“.
- A prolific writer and poet, he has to his credit as many as 14 published collections of poems besides innumerable unpublished poems. His contribution to Assamese language and literature also includes 5 thought-provoking books and a dozen unpublished manuscripts. He was twice elected President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha. He was made Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi.