Thongchi, Mundayoor among 13 NE Padma awardees

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Noted litterateur-cum- Sahitya Akademi awardee Y D Thongchi, 2nd longest serving former DC of India and founder-president of Arunachal Literary Society, is credited with penning several books in Assamese language.

In The Land of Poisonous Women (Best Panchanga film, director Manju Borah) and Mishing (Best Sherdukpan film, director Bobby Sarma Baruah) had won Rajat Kamal in regional cinema category during 66th National Film Awards at Shillong on August 11 last. Both films were based on Thongchi’s Assamese novels Bishakanyar Deshot and M-shing. Both films were screened in many national & international film festivals, said Thongchi, a recipient of Dr. Bhupen Hazrika National Award in 2017.

Moreover, film Sonam in Monpa dialect was made based on his Assamese novel – Murmuring Hearts, Silent Liaps.

With this, Arunachal will boast of eight Padma awardees – Omem Moyog Deori (1984), Mohan Singh Gunjyal (2006), Lama Thupten Phuntsok (2007), Mamang Dai (2011), Binny Maya Yanga (2012) & Thegtse Rinpoche (2015).

Sathyanarayan Mundayoor, a Keralite who devoted his life to spread the joy of reading  through  library movement across the state. Mundayoor (Arunachal Pradesh) has been conferred Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of social work.

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