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October 20, 2020

First in Assam and Assamese : Language and Literature

First in Assam or first Assamese in the field of Assamese Language and Literature :

1. First Assamese romantic poem: “Bon Kunwori” by Chandra Kumar Agarwala

2. First Assamese prose composition: “Katha-Gita” by Bhattadeva

3. First Assamese language magazine: “Orunodoi or Aroonudai (1846)”

4. First editor of Arunudoi: Dr. Nathan Brown

5. First Assamese language social play: “Ram Navami” by Gunabhiram Barua (1857)

6. First Assamese to win Sahitya Akademi award: Jatindranath Dowara for his book “Bon Phul (poetry)”, 1955

7. First Assamese Newspaper: Dainik Batori (1935)

8. First Assamese novel/ historical: “Bhanumoti” by Padmanath Gohain Baruah (1890)

9. First president of Assam Sahitya Sabha: Padmanath Gohain Baruah

10. First literary pensioner of Assam: Padmanath Gohain Baruah

11. First Assamese Short story collection: “Surabhi” by Lakshminath Bezbaruah.

12. First Assamese to received Jnanpith Award: Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya

13. First Assamese translator of the Ramayana: Madhab Kandali

14. First printed book in Assamese language: “Dharma Pustak” by Aatmaram Sarma (1813)

15. First Assamese sonnet : “Priyotomar Sithi” by Hemchandra Goswami

16. First modern biography in Assamese: “Anandaram Dhekial Phukanor Jiwon Sorit” by Gunabhiram Baruah (1880)

17. First Assamese play to be broadcast over All India Radio: “Been Bairagi” by Prafulla Chandra Baruah (1935)

18. First Assamese travelogue: “Switzerland Bhraman” by Birinchi Kumar Baruah (1948)

19. First thesis written on the Assamese language: Assamese: “It’s formation and development” by Dr. Banikanta Kakoti (1940)

20. First Assamese Novel/ modern: “Mirijiyori” by Rajanikanta Bordoloi (1894) 

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