Arunachal Pradesh eminent writer and Sahitya Akademi Award-2005 winner Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi added another feather in his cap with Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu conferring Sadin-Pratidin group’s Journalism and Literature Award on him at a ceremony at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra here on Sunday.
Thongchi was among 10 eminent personalities and organizations who received the ‘Achiever Awards’ honour in presence of Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries.
In his address, he complimented the Group for instituting the awards to recognize the achievements of individuals from different professions. He appealed to media houses like Sadin-Pratidin group, to conduct campaigns and competitions on issues such as Swachh Bharat to promote awareness on cleanliness and sanitation.
Thongchi in his kitty has ‘Sarhad’s 5th Bhupen Hazarika National Awards-2017, Harihar Choudhury Award’ (Asam Sahitya Sabha 1970), ‘Phulchand Khandelwal Samhati Award’ (Golaghat Sahitya Sabha, 2001), ‘Bishnu Rabha Award’ (Asam Sahitya Sabha, 2002), and ‘Bhasha Bharti Award’ (Central Institute of Indian Language, Mysore, 2005).
Arunachal’s first state information commissioner and promoted to chief information commissioner to serve till 2015, he is credited with numerous books and novel, his famous novel “Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday” (Silent lips, murmuring hearts) won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2005. Many of his works have been translated into Hindi, English and other languages. Founder-president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, Thongchi not only leads state’s literary movement, but also a source of inspiration for hundreds of young writers who want to tell the story of the little-known frontier state to the outside world.
Other recipients included Assam’s eminent folklore researcher, singer and lyricists Dr Birendra Nath Datta (Life-time Achievement Award); Meira Paibi of Manipur (Social Service) and Sikkim Govt (Environment);
Apparel & Food Retail Businesses head of Aditya Birla Group Pranab Barua for recording a combined turnover of Rs 10,500 crore in FY17 (Corporate sector), archer Pramila Daimary (Sports Person of the Year); last year’s ONGC I-League winner Aizawl FC owners (Sports Club of the Year); eminent director Munin Barua (Cultural); Artist Benu Mishra (Excellence in Art), Lou Majaw, known to be the Bob Dylan of NE (Music) while boxer Ankushita Boro,17, was felicitated. This tirbal girl of Meghai Jarani village in Sonitpur district of upper Assam who she was among five Indians to earn a gold medal in the world youth women boxing championship.