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Arnab Jan Deka
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Arnab Jan Deka is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, documentary film director, columnist, TV actor, jurist, river engineer and eco-technocrat combined into one entity. He authored 142 books in English, Assamese, Hindi and Bengali so far. He was also editor of a journal and a newspaper. India Government's official Academy of Letters Sahitya Academy incorporated his biography as a leading Indian writer of the 20th Century in the End Century Edition of the prestigious book Who's Who of Indian Writers 1999.He is the recipient of Assam Government's Publication Board Golden Jubilee Novel Award in 2006 for his classic novel Bhaba Ananda Sambad ('Tales of Bhabananda'). Katha International Short Story Festival held in New Delhi in January, 2004, awarded him with the Katha-Goriyoshi Award for his short-story Himalayan Mystic Meeting. He is also recipient of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Memorial Award (Smarak Samman) 2010 in Calcutta, conferred upon him in recognition of his lifetime contributions to literature, art and scientific research. In an important critical literary writing titled 'New generation of storytellers' he has been described as one among "the bunch of most powerful storytellers" who "delved deep into the spiritual and intellectual heritage along the Brahmaputra valley, and also highlighted its environmental fragility."He is the international chairman of the Indo-British environmental project Save the Brahmaputra River. Prestigious English daily 'The Assam Tribune' summed up his international collaborations for creative and research works in these words-- "His collaborations have initiated many newly developed technologies and methodologies in the sphere of Brahmaputra research, like predicting and testing flood and erosions through various mathematical models and simulations, as well as ecological problems like global warming, greenhouse effect, garbage dumping and other burning issues."He was the youngest Indian radio playwright. His first radio-play Mukti('Freedom') was broadcast by India Government owned All India Radio in 1981 while he was a school student of 9th standard. His first authored book Ephanki Rhode ('A Stanza of Sunlight') was published in 1983 when he was a student of 10th standard.His documentary film on saint-artist-littérateur Srimanta Sankardev had been publicly screened in the United States of America and many other countries.