The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has felicitated Mamang Dai, who has recently been conferred with Padmashri award on 26th January 2011 by president of India yesterday in Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh.
Mamang Dai is an eminent poet, author and journalist and was among 128 people who have been awarded with Padmashri, fourth highest civilian award by Government of India. Mamang Dai has won the award for her immense contribution in the field of literature and education in Arunachal Pradesh.
Praising her sojourn in the field of creative literature, Thongchi said, “Mamang is such a person who can sacrifice her highly lucrative Indian Administrative Service to pick up pen, brush and canvas, so that she can serve the society from the path others dare not tread.”
He also said, “It is people like late Lummer Dai and Mamang Dai, who dared to venture into journalism with other colleagues from outside the state and now many Arunachalees have started stepping into the footsteps of these two pioneers in the domain of the Fourth Estate.
“She is firmly rooted with the soil of her birth place; her poems are revelation of her bonding with the destiny of her place, her people. Whenever she ventures out, her heart always remains with the rivers, mountains, trees, jungles, rituals, legends, mythology, dances, villages, prayer flags of her dear abode, Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal reverberates the core of her heart,” remarked Thongchi.
Sharing her pride moment with the audience, Mamang Dai said the conferment of Padmashra award was the milestone of her career. “It’s not merely an award rather the conferment of a big responsibility on me. I hope, it may bring the momentum for young litterateurs of Arunachal Pradesh who intend to unfold their colourful petals,” said Mamang, who is also the general secretary of APLS.
APPSC chairman Rinchin Dorjee Editor of Echo of Arunachal Nanni Dai, APLS vice president Tony Koyu (MD, APDIFC), APLS chief editor Tage Tada (Director of Research), R N Koley, Assistant Director of Research (Culture) and Bani Danggen (State Information Commissioner), Dr Pekba Ringu (a senior medical officer) and V Ravindran (Associate Editor of The Dawnlit Post) also spoke on he occasion.
Source : Arunachal Times