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Name: Rupanjali Baruah

Postal Address: Editor/Proprietor, WordSmith Publishers,

31, Krishnanagar, Chandmari, P.O.Silpukhuri, Guwahati,

PIN:781003, Assam, India.

Educational Qualification:

MA (English) from Gauhati University, Assam

Work Experience: Rupanjali Baruah has been a creative writer, publisher, editor, translator for last 20 years.

Present Occupation: Rupanjali Baruah is a freelance writer, poet, artist, art critic, translator, editor, publisher, film maker having published her poems, short stories both original and translated as well as articles on art & culture in leading newspapers and journals both local & national namely Indian literature, Dancing Earth by Penguin, Northeast literature (Prose) Northeast literature (Poetry) by Oxford, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, (New Delhi), Chandrabhaga,(Odissa), Poet, Quest, Replica, SABD, Yatra, New Frontiers, Eternity, Canvas, The Telegraph,The Sentinel, The Assam Tribune, Kala Dirgha (Lucknow) Art & Deal(New Delhi) and many other online portals.

  • Rupanjali Baruah’s first book of English poems titled “All Things Passing” and first book of English short stories “Amrita & other stories” were published by P.Lal, Writers’ Workshop, Kolkata in 2005. “Amrita & other stories” have been reviewed in Journal of Commonwealth Literature 2006.published by Sage Publication.
  • Rupanjali Baruah has translated several eminent poems & short stories from Assamese into English & vice versa, they include poems of Sahitya Akademi award winning poet Hiren Bhattachaya, Nilim Kumar, Atanu Bhattacharya and short stories of several eminent Assamese writers namely Apurba Sarma, Mousumi Kandali, Atanu Bhattacharya, Kula Saikia, Dr. Apurba Saikia, Arupa Kalita Patangia & Pankaj Thakur as well as 6 Assamese translations of English short stories of Jayanta Mahaptra, Odissa. All of these translated work have been published in local/national newspapers/ journals. Her published English translation works of Assamese poems, short fiction & novel are as follows:
  • Her English translations of Assamese poems have been published in Penguin titled “Dancing Earth”
  • Oxford University Press titled “The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, Fiction,” & “The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, Poetry & Essays” published her English translations of Assamese poetry & short fiction
  • Sahitya Akademi titled “Splendor on the grass” published her English translations of Assamese short fiction.
  • Katha titled “Assamese handpicked fictions” published her English translations of Assamese short fiction
  • N.L.Publications titled “The heart is a secure address” published her English translations of Assamese short fictions of Pankaj Thakur.
  • SABD; an international English journal published her English translations of Assamese poetry & short fictions.
  • Yatra; a journal of English Translations published her English translations of Assamese short fictions.
  • English translation titled “New found land” of Abdus Samad’s Assamese novel, “Herai powa prithivi.”
  • Recently Rupanjali Baruah’s translation project from Sahitya Akademi, Kolkata to translate Sahitya Akademi award winner 2000, Apurba Sarma’s short story collection, titled “Baghe Tapur Rati has been published in 2015.
  • A book of her own Assamese translations of her English short stories is underway from WordSmith Publishers.
  • A collection of her English translations of 20 best Assamese stories are on the anvil.
  • Two short films titled “In waiting” & “Sasorasor” have been produced and directed by Rupanjali Baruah and they have earned her much appreciation in the field of film making.
  • She also wrote the script of the first play staged by the children of Assam Police titled Rail Khelo Aha at the Spring Festival, 2006.
  • A book of drama Rail Khelo Aha has been published in 2013 under WordSmith Publishers
  • .Rupanjali Baruah has conducted 16 Creative writing workshops in English medium schools in Guwahati, Assam from Class VI to XII. An Anthology of 38 best short fictions by youngest writers selected from these workshops has been published. This is the first documented English fiction of young writers of Assam.
  • Rupanjali Baruah published the first Anthology of prize winning short fiction of Assam police family members titled Jibonor Rong in 2012.
  • Rupanjali Baruah has contributed her writings on the art scene and artists of Assam for the last 21 years which has given the attention to the works of eminent artists of Assam & the Northeast namely Sobha Brahma, Neel Pawan Baruah, Jiten Hazarika, Noni Borpujari, Pulak Gogoi, Hemangini Bordoloi, Samiran Baruah, Dilip Tamuli, Subhakar Laskar, Manoj Roy, Laishram Surjit Khuman, Kishor Kumar Das, Munin Bhattacharya, Alak J Pathak, Tuichindrai Jayanta, Bazik Thlana (Mizoram), Oinam Dilip (Manipur), Laxman Shrestha (Nepal) and many others that have been published in her Art Column in The Sentinel and currently in The Assam Tribune.
  • She has written two significant catalogues on the art work of Assam artists which have been showcased in Bangalore, Johannesburg & London.
  • Rupanjali Baruah’s own abstract art work has been reviewed and appreciated by Sandhya Boredewekar in Art India, a leading national art journal of India in September 2006.
  • A self- taught artist, Rupanjali Baruah works in the following fields- abstract landscapes on matchboxes, newspaper and printed paper using both oil and acrylic, oil on canvas and mixed media. Her solo exhibitions held in Jan 2004 at Gallery Artists’ Guild, Guwahati, at Don Bosco Institute Guwahati & Gymkhana Club Guwahati in 2006 were titled Windows, Beyond Windows & Far Away Windows respectively through which different perspectives of the abstract concepts and visions were communicated together with the recitation of her own poems by her to the accompaniment of music on the piano.
  • Rupanjali Baruah is currently the editor & publisher of Wordsmith Publishers, Guwahati which publishes an international English literary journal named ‘SABD’ which showcases the art, literature & culture of Assam & the Northeast together with those from the rest of India & abroad. The first issue of ‘SABD’ (Autumn) was released by Preity Gill senior Editor Zubaan on 5th Dec 2006.The second issue (Spring) was released in June 2007 by Hiren Bhattacharya & The Third issue (Winter) was released by Ratan Thiyam in April 2008.
  • Rupanjali Baruah visited Dubai in August 2009 to participate in an art fair.
  • Her first English Novella ‘A Wayside Story’ was released in February 2010 at Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi.
  • The first online issue of "SABD" (Winter) of Vol II edited by Rupanjali Baruah was also launched on the same occasion on 26th Feb 2010.
  • Rupanjali Baruah is currently writing/publishing a coffee-table book on life & work of artists/sculptors of Assam.
  • Rupanjali Baruah is editor/publisher of a Monongraph on eminent artist Jiten Hazarika with an album of 60 of his colored artworks to be published this year under WordSmith Publishers.
  • Rupanjali Baruah’s first English novel “The Road Alone” published this year by Authorspress, New Delhi and her Second English novel titled “Rosalie” is ready to be published.
  • Rupanjali Baruah’s second English novel titled ‘Rosalie’ is ready to be published.
  • Rupanjali Baruah’s collection of 75 English translations of Assamese poems of Sahitya Akademi award winner Late Hiren Bhattacharya is ready to be published.
  • Rupanjali Baruah lives in Guwahati.