Ajit Barua

(1926 - / Assam / India)

Ajit Barua
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Ajit Barua , born in the year 1926, is an exuberant Assamese poet who introduced an intellectual dignity to modern Assamese poetry. An adept in applying Eliotean technique in poetry, his remarkable works include 'Padya Aru Gan' (Verses and Songs), 'Brahmaputra Ityadi Padya' (Brahmaputra and Other Poems), and 'Sahityar Bishaye ' (Essays on Literature). In addition, Ajit translated Albert Camus' play 'Les Justes' and 'The Plague' (a novel) from French into Assamese.

Sahitya Academy Award and Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Award are among his achievements. more »

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A little before it was dark
We fell into the Subansiri
And with a tinful of water from the Subansiri
We washed the bow of our boat.

We are superstitious -
If our superstitions had been blind without a hole in their blindness!

At night on an islet of the Subansiri
We moored our boat.
(Will the guardian spirit of the islet watch over us?) ...
Overhead are the stars
The music of the spheres plays in our buffalos' bells
And this - is this the terror in the bells
Of the buffalos scattering at the scent of that tiger?

The smell of eddies ...

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