Kamal Kumar Tanti

Kamal Kumar Tanti 
Kamal Kumar Tanti (b. 1982) is a well-known young voice in the contemporary world of Assamese Poetry. Kamal is a bilingual poet and writer, writes both in English and Assamese languages. He belongs to Adivasi Tea-garden Labourer Community of Assam. His first collection of Assamese poetry Marangburu Amar Pita (Our Father Marangburu), published in 2007, won him the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2012, for Assamese language and Munin Barkotoki Literary Award in 2008.    

Kamal’s English poems have appeared in many journals, including Indian Literature, The Little Magazine, Muse India, Kavya Bharati, Pyrta, Exchanges Literary Journal, Cerebration, NELit Review, Kritya, Visual Verse, Brown Critique, Steer Queer, etc. His poems also included in several anthologies of English poems, including 40 Under 40: an anthology of Post-Globalization Poetry, Shout It Out! Anthology, The World I Write In, etc. His Assamese poems have been included in various anthologies of Assamese poetry and featured in various journals in Assamese. His forthcoming collection of Assamese poetry is Uttar-Ouponibeshik Kabita (Postcolonial Poems).

Kamal’s collection of prose in Assamese, Nimnaborgo Somaaj Oitijya (Subaltern Society's Legacy) comprised articles on post-colonial theory and subaltern historiography, with specific reference to colonial history and culture of Assam and was published in September 2007. This book was selected as one of the “Ten Best Books” among all the Assamese books that has been published during the year 2007-08, by Grantha-Bandhab (Friends of Books), a well-known organization in Assam. He also writes fiction occasionally.

Kamal has a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, for which he worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Gauhati University, Guwahati. Kamal worked for a leading Telematics company in Mumbai, and was a Modeling and Simulation Engineer with a software company in Pune. He was also closely associated with the “Design, calibration & testing of Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT)”, onboard ASTROSAT, First Indian Multi-wavelength Satellite for Astronomical Observations, launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in 2015. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Assam Centre and lives in Sivasagar, Assam, India.           

Complete Contact Information of the Poet:

Dr. Kamal Kumar Tanti     
Assistant Professor (Physics), Department of Physics
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Assam Centre     
RGIPT Project Office, Akhoiphutia Road, Baniabari
Sivasagar – 785640, Assam, India. 
E-mail ID: maarangburu@gmail.com, kamaltanti@gmail.com                  

Mobile: +91-82570-67297, +91-8730804101.