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Imran Shah
Born (1933-11-23) 23 November 1933 (age 90)
Dhai Ali, Sivasagar, Assam
OccupationProfessor, writer, and editor
EducationM.A (Assamese)
Alma materSibsagar College, Gauhati University
GenreNovelist, short story writer, poet
Notable awardsAssam Valley Literary Award, Padma Shri
SpouseLate Shahida Shah

Imran Shah (born 23 November 1933), also known as Nawab Imran Shah is an Indian Assamese language writer, poet, novelist, and scholar. He also writes under the pen names Ishan Dutta, Anamika Baruah, Kumbhakarna, and Animesh Baruah.[1] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2021, for his contributions to literature and education.[2]

Early life

Imran Shah was born on 23 November 1933 in Sivasagar, Assam.[3] He was the youngest child of Muhammad Shah and Mariam Nessa.[1]

Shah attended '2 Nong Dhai Ali Prathamik Vidyalaya' (No. 2 Dhai Ali Primary School), followed by attendance at the Government High School, Sivasagar. In 1952, he enrolled in the ISC course at Cotton College, Guwahati, and in 1958, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sivasagar College. He earned his M.A in Assamese language from Gauhati University.[1]

Professional background

Teaching career

Shah started his professional career as a temporary teacher at Konwarpur High School, Sivasagar and later joined the staff at Sivasagar High Madrassa School, after completing his ISC. Upon gaining his M.A. degree from Gauhati University he joined Gargaon College as a lecturer in Assamese in 1962. From there he moved a year later to become a lecturer in Assamese at Sivasagar College, from which he retired as Head of the Department in 1993.[3] During his retirement, he established Arunudoi College, a junior college near his home and served as its principal.[1]

Writing and editing career

Shah began writing while still in school. His first book of poems Banvashi was published when he was in the ninth standard.[4][1] The following year, when he was in the tenth standard, his first novel, Sangeetor Hkhipare was published. He wrote poetry in Ramdhenu under the pen name Ishan Dutta. His first short story, "Aparicheeta" was published in 1958, in Natun Asomiya and edited by Kirtinath Hazarika.[3]

He edited Bosoror Galpa, an anthology of selected Assamese short stories, from 1982 to 1984, as well as editing, with Arun Goswami, Kalantarar Kathakata – another anthology of Assamese short stories, from 1961 to 1975.[3]

Two of his written works were made translated into other mediums. His novel Jabanbandi was broadcast as a radio-recitation by Akaashvani, Dibrugarh. In addition, the Assamese film Rasmirekha, is based on his novel, Rajanigandha, and was released in 1973, produced by Prafulla Baruah.[1]

He was elected as the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, the state's literary body located in Barpeta Road for the 2013-2015 session.[4][5][1]

Published works

Honors and awards


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  2. ^ "Padma Awards: 2021" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). 25 January 2021. pp. 2–5. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Assam Valley Award for Imran Shah". The Assam Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b TI Trade. "The Assam Tribune Online". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Imran Shah made new president of Asom Sahitya Sabha". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ TI Trade (28 March 2010). "The Assam Tribune Online". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  7. ^ TI Trade (21 July 2012). "The Assam Tribune Online". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2012.