Arunachal’s first writer Tagang Taki passes away, APLS mourns his demise

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) expressed its deep condolence at the demise of Tagang Taki, who passed away on Sunday at his residence at Pangin due to old age.

Stating that that it is “grieved with the sad demise of Tagang Taki”, APLS in a message said: “Late Tagang Taki was the first writer from the State, who wrote and published the first book of the State namely ‘Adi Asomiya Engraji Sabdamda’ in the year 1959 at the age of 19.”

He was also the first linguist, first lyrist, and first dramatist, APLS claimed.

“He was the first editor of a handwritten school magazine published by Pasighat Govt. High School named ‘Giribani’. He was a multilingual writer writing in Adi, Assamese and English equally,” it said.

His book ‘Nib Aru Robor Sadhu’ was published by Assam Publication Board which has become a very popular folk story book even today.

His published books are – “Adi Asomiya Engraji Sabdamda (1959)”, “Simantar Jui”  (drama),1962, “Ahbaan- NEFA Adi-Mishing Chatra Samajoloi” (1968), “Adi Sadhu” (1964), “Prashad Opsaran” (drama) (1966-67), “Nib Aru Robor Sadhu” (1964) in Assamese and “Adi English Word Book” (1971), “Adi Doolung Kidii lok Deere Gumin Soyin” (2011), “Ang-gong Yoting” (anthology of poem) 2012 in Adi Language and “The Solung Festival” 1980 in English.

In its condolence message, APLS president Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi and general secretary Mukul Pathak termed Taki’s demise as an “irreparable loss to the State and the void created by his death cannot be filled ever”.

“His name will be written in golden letters in the annals of the literary history of Arunachal Pradesh,” the message said.

The APLS also announced to take appropriate steps to commemorate his memory in future in consultation with the family members.

Late Tagang Taki was born in Pangin village of Siang district on February 10, 1940. He dedicated his entire life to bring renaissance for Adi society in particular and tribal society in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh.

He has done various excellent works such as his composed song “Mimum Yaame Noluwa Banbo Nyamne Noluwa” was recorded in the year 1963 at the Shillong Station of All India Radio. This was the first Arunachalee modern song so far recorded in an AIR studio.

During his days in Cotton College, and Gauhati University in Assam, he published short stories, articles and folktales in “Navajug”, “Natun Asomiya”, “Asam Bani”, “Deepak”, “Janambhumi” and many other renowned Assamese magazines of 60’s.

He is a recipient of Bhasha Samman Award of Sahitiya Akademi in the year 2015. He also received the lone literary award of the State, the “Luminous Lummer Dai Literary Award 2019” conferred by the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS).

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