Dr. Moushumi Kandali , is a bilingual writer ( Assamese and English) , art critic-historian and translator with nine published books . She has published four collections of short stories, two research books on visual art and two books of translation and one text book for SEBA, Assam. Dr. Moushumi Kandali is an assistant professor at the School of Culture & creative expressions in the Ambedkar University of Social Science & Humanities in Delhi.
Moushumi has been regarded as one of the most innovative, original and experimental short – fiction writers of contemporary Assamese literature by the critics and readers. She has received several prestigious national and regional awards such as Rastriya Bhasha Parishad Award, Munin Borkotoki Award, Eka abong Koyekjon Sahitya Sansriti Samman etc , for her creative writing and has represented India and North-East at several international and national fora . Her stories have been published in several national and international literary magazines and edited anthologies ( Oxford anthology of North East Writing, Penguin anthology of fifteen classic Assamese short stories etc) and have been translated into many Foreign & Indian languages such as German , Korean, English, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Nepali and many others.
Moushumi has been actively engaged in translations from English, Hindi and Bengali to Assamese and from Assamese to English and Hindi. Salvador Dali’s DIARY OF A GENIUS into Assamese and poetry of the Missing tribe of Assam to English, published by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi are notable along with a range of modern / contemporary Hindi Poems into Assamese.
As an academic, Dr. Moushumi Kandali’s specialised areas are cultural studies with specific reference to visual practices and literary cultures. Her major area of academic engagement has been the art and culture of North Eastern India with a pioneering doctoral thesis about the modern art discourse of Assam . With her extensive study about the discourse of visual art and cultural practices in the North-East , she has been regularly publishing research essays and articles in various international and national journals.