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Ramayana Research Institute in Guwahati, Assam

The Ramayana Research Institute in Guwahati, Assam, is being set up at the residence of renowned Assamese writer and Jnanpith Award winner Indira Goswami. Asom Kalatirtha will be supporting this unique endeavor. The institute will be declared open on January 20, 2008.

‘At the beginning two students – from anywhere in the world – will be admitted for research work on the epic,’ Goswami told PTI over phone. (The Hindu)

Goswami has approached the state government of Assam seeking sponsorship of scholarships for the researchers and the state has responded positively. There are also plans to get affiliation for the Institute with the Guwahati University.

Indiran Goswami is noted for her Ramayana studies and has presented papers on the epic in India and in several countries around the world. She has a PhD from Guwahati University for her thesis ‘Comparative Study of Goswami Tulsi Das' Ramcharita Manas and Madhab Kandali's Assamese Ramayana’.

Some of her well known papers and works on Ramayana include ‘Ramayana from Ganga to Brahmaputra,’ ‘Assamese language and the language of Ramayana’ and ‘Renovations of the Ramayanas of the Northeast India.’