NAHARLAGUN, Jun 01: Arunachal Pradesh Literature Society celebrated 81st birth anniversary of late Lummer Dai in his residence here on Monday in a simple but befitting manner here.
APLS president Y D Thongchi, vice president Tokong Pertin, general secretary Batem Pertin, organising secretary Dr. Pegba Ringu along with Nani Dai, wife of late Dai, paid floral tributes at Samadhi Sthall and statue of, literary doyen of Arunachal.
After naming those who have been conferred with Luminous Lummer Dai Award so far, Thongchi informed that this year two non-Arunachalees authors who have contributed immensely in writing about the state and its people have been jointly chosen for this prestigious literary award instituted by the APLS.
They Chandra Borpatra Gohain, a retired APCS officer who wrote many short stories on life style of different tribes living in state’s interior village and R.N.Koley who enriched Arunachal literature by editing various literary magazines including souvenirs of festivals, wrote various socio-anthropological books, short stories, novels and poems. Koley coincidentally served as APLS treasurer and editor of its magazine Prayas and retired as research department assistant director.
The award consisting of a citation, a plaque and Rs 10,000, instead of today, will be conferred during APLS foundation day celebration on December 6 next because of ongoing lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, Siluk Youth Association also paid floral tribute to late Dai at his birth place near Siluk village while the day was celebrated by Asom Sahitya Sabha (ASS) by lighting lamp in every branch office of the ASS besides by members of Assam Pensioners Association, Guwahati by paying floral tribute at the portrait of the late author, but all followed standard operational procedures including physical distancing and used mask.