Bhubaneswar: One of the most celebrated writers of contemporary Indian literature and Jnanpith award winner Indira Goswami also known by pen name as Mamoni Raisom Goswami in Assam passed way on Tuesday after prolonged illness.

Since many days 69 year-old Assamese litterateur, who was in a paralysed state was kept on a ventilator at Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

After suffering a cerebral stroke in February, Goswami was taken to a hospital in New Delhi, but was later brought back in July and was being treated at the GMCH since then.

Goswami’s body was taken to her Gandhibasti residence and was kept for the people to pay their last respects.

The Assam Government had declared a three-day State mourning and had declared Wednesday as a holiday.

Goswami’s body will be cremated with full State honours.