kamal kumar tanti
Kamal Kumar Tanti
Kamal Kumar Tanti (born 1982) is an Assamese poet from Assam, India. Wikipedia
nationality India
birth place Assam
occupation Writer
educated at PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Kamal Kumar Tanti

Kamal Kumar Tanti (born 1982) is an Assamese poet from Assam, India. Wikipedia


Tanti has a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, for which he worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Gauhati University, Guwahati. He worked for a 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, the first Indian Multi-wavelength satellite for astronomical observations, to be launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in 2016. He is currently working on-contract faculty at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum TechnologyAssam Centre and lives in Sivasagar, Assam, India.


Tanti belongs to the Tea-garden labour Community of Assam. His first collection of poetry, Marangburu Amar Pita (Our Father Marangburu), won Yuva Puraskar for 2012, that is awarded to 24 young writers below 35 years of age. and the Munin Barkataky Literary Award for 2008. His Assamese poems have been included in various anthologies of Assamese poetry and featured in various journals in Assamese. He writes fiction occasionally and few of his short-stories have been included in several anthologies of Assamese fiction.

Tanti’s first collection of prose in Assamese, Nimnaborgo Somaaj Oitijya (Subaltern Society’s Legacy), is composed of critical essays on Subaltern historiography and post-colonial theory, with specific reference to colonial history and cultures of Assam. 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), an organization in Assam.

Tanti’s translated poems(Assamese to English) 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, Shout It Out! Anthology, The World I Write In, etc.


  • Marangburu Amar Pita (Our Father Marangburu). 2007.
  • Uttar-Ouponibeshik Kabita (Post-colonial Poems) Papyrus, Guwahati. 2018.

Essay collections

  • Nimnaborgo Somaaj Oitijya (Subaltern Society’s Legacy). 2007.
  • Uttar-Ouponibeshik Somaluchona (Post-colonial Criticism).