ANUNDORAM BOROOAH AWARD
The Anundoram Borooah Award was instituted by ABILAC in the hallowed memory of the great Sanskrit Scholar and Civilian Anundoram Borooah in the year 1991 to be awarded annually to a scholar who sets hight standards of excellence in the fields of Sanskrit and allied Indological Studies, Literary and Linguistic studies and study in At and Culture. This award consists of Rs. One lakh, a shawl, a citation and a packet of books published by the institute.
Recipients of Anundoram Borooah Award
Late Rajani Kanta Deva Sarma: (1991)
Professor Dev Sarma was an M.A. in Sanskrit from the University of Calcutta in 1939 and was engaged in teaching and research till his sad demise on the 17th January, 1991. He taught at Sonaram High School, Cotton Collegiate High School, Handique Girls’ College, Cotton College and the University of Gauhati. His scholarly contribution to the field of literature includes, among others, his translation of Visakhadatta’s Mudrarakshasa and Bharata’s Natyashastra to Assamese. He has also translated Kautilya’s Arthashastra and wrote a detailed introduction to the book.
Late Acharya Monoranjan Shastri (1992)
The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1992 was presented posthumously to late Acharya Monoranjan Shastri, eminent Sanskritist of Assam. As an eminent scholar and teacher, Shastri joined Nalbari Sanskrit College as its Principal in 1938. His scholarly contribution includes his fifteen books in Assamese and Sanskrit. He has also contributed more than two hundred research papers to different journals and periodicals. Some of the outstanding books authored by Shastri include Patakamnayah, Prakamakamrupam, Utankabhaiksam in Sanskrit and Asamar Vaisnavadarsanar Ruprekha, Patakaprakasa, Sahityadarsana, Puroni Asamar Dharma aru Darsana etc in Assamese.
The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1993 was presented to the distinguished Sanskrit scholar and an Indologist of repute Dr. Biswanarayana Shastri. Dr. Shastri studied Sanskrit in traditional method in Nalbari, Varanasi and Calcutta and obtained the title of Vyakaran Shastri, Sahitya Shastri, Mimasa Shastri from the Assam Sanskrit Board. He secured first class first position in the M.A. examination of the Benarasa Hindu University and was awarded the D. Litt degree for his thesis ‘The concept of Samavaya in Nyaya Vaisesik System of Philosophy’. Dr. Shastri represented India in a number of international conferences of scholars and has also chaired a number of them in India and abroad. In 1987 he received the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Govt of Assam has awarded him “Literary Pension” for his contribution to Assamese literature and culture. Dr. Shastri was instrumental in initiating the broadcasting of Sanskrit news from All India Radio and he was the first parliamentarian to speak in Sanskrit in the Indian Parliament.