Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi conferred Bhupen Hazarika Award

The Fifth Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 has been conferred to an eminent writer from Arunachal Pradesh Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi.

About Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi 

• Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi belongs to the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
• He graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati and did his MA from Guwahati University.
• Although his dialect was Sherdukpen, however, he started writing in Assamese.
• His first poem called Jonbaai (The Moon) appeared in an Assamese children’s magazine by the same name in 1967.
• His well-known novels are Mauna Oonth Mukhar Hriday and Sav Kata Manuh.
• His novel Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2005.
• He joined the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service in 1977 and was elevated to the IAS in 1992.
• He is the Founder and President of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.

About Bhupen Hazarika Award

• The award was instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organisation, in 2012.
• The award honours an outstanding literary work at national and international level.
• It consists of cash prize of Rs 51000, a memento and a certificate.
• The award aims at creating a strong bond between Maharashtra and the North East.
• The other recipients of the award include well-known director Jahnu Barua, renowned actor Professor Ratan Thiyam, journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap and musician and singer Lou Majaw from Meghalaya.

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