The first Munin Barkotoki Award for the year 1995 was given away at a ceremony that was held on 1st Jan 1996 at Lakhiram Baruah Sadan. Shri Chandra Prasad Saikia presided over the meeting at which Dr. Satyendranath Sarma was the Chief Guest and Professor Ranjit Kumar Deva Goswami was the appointed speaker. The book of Munin Barkotoki's biographical essays titled Bandita Barenya edited by Dr. Sivanath Barman was also released on the occasion by Shri Krishna Bhuyan.
The second award meeting was held on 15th Feb 1997 at the Lakhmiram Barooah Sadan, Guwahati. Shri Jogesh Das presided over the meeting while Shri Uma Kanta Sarma gave away the awards for the year 1996. Two books, one edited by Shri Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya titled Prasanga Samalocana and the other by Dr. Jogendranarayan Bhuyan titled Sristi Tribidha, were also released at that meeting by Sri Reboti Mohan Dutta Chaudhuri (Sheelabhara).
The awards for 1997 and 1998 were given away by noted poet Jayanta Mahapatra at an august meeting held at the Tirthanath Sarma Sabhagriha in Guwahati in 1999. Shri Jatin Goswami from Jorhat spoke about his assciation with Munin Barkotoki at the meeting presided over by Shri Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya. The book 'A Munin Barkotoki Miscellany' edited by Professor Ranjit Kumar Deva Goswami was also released at the meeting.
The awards for 1999 and 2000 were given away at a meeting held on 24th Feb 2001 at the Bishnu Nirmala Trust Auditorium. Noted filmmaker Dr. Bhaben Saikia was the Chief Guest at the meeting presided over by Sri Satya Prasad Barua. Sri Radhika Mohan Bhagabati spoke about his association with Munin Barkotoki.
Noted writer and Jnanpith Awardee Nirmal Verma gave away the prizes for the years 2001 and 2002 at a solemn meeting, presided over by Sri Chandra Prasad Saikia, held at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati on the 1st March 2003, which also marked the tenth death anniversary of Munin Barkotoki. Poet Nirmal Verma spoke on the topic 'The relevance of art in our lives today'. At the same meeting Shri Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya was also felicitated.
The awards for 2003 and 2004 were given away at a meeting held on 11th Feb. 2005 at the Lakhiram Barooah Sadan. Professor Kabin Phukan of Dibrugarh University was the appointed speaker and spoke on the topic 'Bhasa aru Sahitya: atit, bartaman aru bhabisyat' . At the meeting a book edited by Sri Upendra Barkataki titled Prasanga: Munin Barkotoki; was also released.
The awards for the years 2005 and 2006 were given away at a meeting held on 17th March 2007 at the Lakhiram Barooah Sadan. It was presided over by Dr. Birendranath Dutta. Sri Radhika Mohan Bhagawati was the appointed speaker.
The awards for 2007 and 2008 were given away at a meeting on 21st Feb 2009, at the Lakhiram Barooah Sadan, presided over by noted poet Shri Nilmoni Phukan. The President of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Padmasri Rong Bong Terong was the Chief Guest while Dr. Tilottoma Misra was the appointed speaker and spoke on the topic 'lekhak aru porhuwoi samaj '. Also Shri Arindom Barkataki gave an evaluation of the writings of some of the past awardees at the event.
The awards for 2009 and 2010 were given away at a meeting held on 5th March 2011. The meeting was presided over by noted playwright Arun Sarma. Noted Manipuri poet Robin Ngangom delivered the invited lecture titled 'Poetry in the time of terror'.
The awards for 2011 and 2012 were given away at a meeting held on 3rd March 2013 at the Vivekananda Kendra, Guwahati. Noted literatteur Dr. Nagen Saikia presided over the meeting while Professor Dilip Kumar Barua, formerly from Burdwan University, West Bengal, was the Chief Guest.
The awards for 2013 and 2014 were given away at a well-attended meeting held on 28th Feb 2015 at the Vivekananda Kendra, Guwahati. Distinguished Assamese poet Shri Nilmoni Phukan gave away the awards at a meeting presided over by distinguished folklorist and singer Prof. Birendranath Dutta. Since this was the twentieth anniversary of the Munin Barkotoki Awards, a book exhibition of books written by all past awardees as well as Munin Barkotoki was organised at the venue and a book about the awardees was released by noted poet Shri Hirendranath Dutta.
Noted social scientist and public intellectual Professor Shiv Vishvanathan (O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat) delivered the Munin Barkotoki Memorial Lecture on the subject: " The responsibility of writing between story-telling and truth-telling " at a well-attended ceremony on the 11th March 2017 at the Vivekananda Kendra. The awards for 2015 and 2016 were also given away at the same meeting by distinguished journalist Padmashree D.N. Bezbaruah.
The Munin Barkotoki Literary awards for the years 2017 and 2018 were given away at a well-attended event held at the Vivekananda Kendra on the 9th March 2019 by distinguished writer Nirupama Borgohain and noted academic Upen Sarma. While Ms. Borgohain spoke about her association with Renuka Devi Barkataki (who passed away in 2017), Sri Sarma spoke about the 'man of letters' Munin Barkotoki. To read his speech click here.
The award ceremony was followed by a very interesting panel discussion titled 'Kobitat Golpo, Golpot Kobita' moderated by Dr. Moushumi Kandali. The panelists were Arindam Borkataki, Sanjib Pol Deka and Anubhav Tulasi
The Munin Barkotoki Literary Awards for the years 2019 and 2020 were given away by our most respected Prof. Hiren Gohain Sir in a solemn and well attended meeting, where the three award winning books were also released. The awardees spoke with grace and humility and Prof. Gohain gave a powerful speech in which he spoke about some qualities that my father had which have all but disappeared in the present time. To listen to his speech click here. The invited lecture was presented by celebrated Punjabi poet, translator, journalist and art critic Nirupama Dutt from Chandigarh on the theme 'The poetics of protest in India'. Dutt's speech was published in the Hindustan Times. To listen to her speech click here. To watch the event click here. For more details of the event click here.
Distinguished academic and Sankardev expert Professor Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami was the Chief Guest at the solemn and very well-attended ceremony held at the Vivekananda Kendra Auditorium on 25th February 2023 to give away the awards for the years 2021 and 2022 to Pradyumna Kumar Gogoi and Upasana Saikia respectively. The event began with a Kavyanjali in memory of recently deceased distinguished poet and Jnanpith awardee Nilmoni Phukan and Dr. Sivanath Barman; Both of these august personalities have been very closely associated with the Trust from its very inception. Prof. Goswami spoke, in his trademark engaging and brilliant style, about some personal traits and qualities of Munin Barkotoki and the times in which he lived while the invited speaker noted journalist and activist Padmashri Patricia Mukhim delivered a very incisive speech on the topic 'The power of words'. The English translation of 2014 awardee Tulika Saikia's historical novel 'Sarixal Gosanir Tez ' was also formally released at the event. To view Prof. Goswami's speech click here; Madam Mukhim's speech is available here.
The link to the video of the entire event is available here.