Itanagar: The Asom Sahitya Sabha has announced that the ‘Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota (Award) 2021’ will be conferred on Sahitya Akademi award and Padma Shri awardee Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, also the president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.
Asom Sahitya Sabha secretary general Jadav Sharma shared this news with the celebrated writer Thongchi on Saturday.
The prestigious award was instituted in honour of ‘Sahitya Surya’ late Lummer Dai, the doyen of literature and journalism in Arunachal Pradesh, by the apex literary body of Assam in the year 2009.
The award is conferred biennially on noted writers in recognition of their outstanding contributions towards enriching the Assamese literature.
Thongchi will receive the award at a function IN the District Library, Mangaldoi, Assam on the 82nd birth anniversary of late Dai on June 1. The award carries a citation, a memento and cash of Rs 25,000. Sabha president Dr Kuladhar Saikia and many other renowned writers will be present.
Thongchi, an internationally acclaimed writer from Jigaon, Rupa in Arunachal’s West Kameng district, is the founder president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS). Meanwhile, APLS executive president Batem Pertin and general secretary Mukul Pathak congratulated Thongchi on being selected for the prestigious award.
The previous recipients of Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota are: Swarna Bora (2009), Basanta Das (2011), Kengsam Kenglang (2013, posthumous), Dilip Bora (2015), Dr Tilottoma Misra (2017) and Rongbong Terang (2019).