Arun Sarma

Born in 1931 in Dibrugarh, Assam, Shri Arun Sarma took his B.A. at Guwahati University with Honours in Education. An educational broadcaster with All India Radio for a considerable part of his professional life, Shri Sarma studied for a diploma in educational radio at the BBC, London. Later, he was editor of the Assamese biweekly Purbachal. Shri Sarma enjoys an important position among Assamese dramatists of the post-Independence era. He is the author of some twenty published stage plays besides a larger number of plays for radio and television. Several of his plays have been translated into Bengali, Hindi, and English, including Nibaran Bhattacharjee and Ahar. Shri Sarma has besides written scripts for several films of science education produced by the Government of Assam and has scripted a documentary on the Assam author Sayed Abdul Malik produced by Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. Shri Arun Sarma is equally well-known as a novelist, with five published novels including Ashirbadar Rang which has received the Sahitya Akademi Award. The novel has been dramatized for radio by Shri Sarma and has been broadcast as drama on All India Radio. For his work in literature and the media, Shri Sarma has been honoured with a number of awards. These include the Asom Sahitya Sabha Award for best playwright in 1967 and 1968, the Asom Natya Sanmilan Award in 2001, and the Akashvani Award for his play Kukurnechia Manuh. His radio features have won the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Award and a Prix Futura commendation. Shri Arun Sarma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a playwright.