MLEM to bridge Arunachal gap with rest of India: Thongchi

PASIGHAT, Nov 02: Such multi-lingual writers’ meet (MLEM) would facilitate convergence to writers from across the country to showcase their talent of different genre, said eminent writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi.

Addressing the maiden two-day MLEM as chief guest, hosted by Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with Imphal-based Central Agricultural University and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), here on Saturday,  Thongchi told noted scholars, writers and poets from different parts of India that such event would bridge  the gap between Arunachal Pradesh and rest of India.

He lauded Sahitya Akademi for holding the meet in this remote state as the new generation would gain literary experience to cherish for life.

In early days, Assamese was first teaching language in early days, he said adding Tagang Taki was conferred with Bhasa Sanman in 2013 for Adi language to become first writer of state while his Adi grammar in Assamese published in 1957 had received Sahitya Akademi honour, Thongchi said.

Pasighat produced state’s greatest writer (late Lummer Dai) whose stories/books had brought him immense popularity among Assamese readers to go down in golden letters in the annals of Assamese literary history, he recalled.

Referring to contributions of noted fiction writers Mamang Dai (also poet who was present) and Yumlam Tana, the writing in the state received national attention after state writers won Sahitya Akademi and other prestigious literary awards along with Dai, a Padmashri awardee for literature, he added.

Throwing lights on Assamese language and culture, CHF dean Prof  BN Hazarika, who was guest of honour, expressed hope that the young writers’ would give more exposure to Assamese literature at national level. Dr. Hazarika is credited with publishing 20 books, 70 research papers and 170 popular articles.

Sahitya Akademi vice president Madhav Kaushik and secretary Dr. K. Sreenivasarao, writer-historian Viswas Patil and writer group captain (Rtd) Mohonto Panging Pao also spoke.

Kaling Borang (Adi), Saumya Joshi (Gijrati), Nomi Maga Gumro (Hindi), SV Stayanarayana (Telugu), Ishraqul Islam Mahir (Urdhu) and Mahonto Panging Pao presented self-composed poetries on the first day. (DIPRO)

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