Kamal Kumar Tanti, RGIPT, India
Kamal Kumar Tanti is a well-known young voice in the contemporary world of Assamese Poetry. Kamal is a bilingual poet, critic, writer and translator, and writes both in Assamese and English languages. His first collection of poetry Marangburu Amar Pita or Our Father Marangburu, published in 2007, won him the Munin Barkotoki Literary Award in 2008 and the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2012. Kamal’s first collection of prose in Assamese Nimnaborgo Somaaj Oitijya or Subaltern Society's Legacy, published in 2007, was composed of critical essays on subaltern historiography and post-colonial theory, with specific reference to colonial history and cultures in Assam. His English poems have appeared in many journals, including Indian Literature, The Little Magazine, Muse India, Kavya Bharati, Cerebration, NELit Review, Brown Critique, Steer Queer, etc. Yet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kamal holds a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research or that he is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology in Assam.