Sahitya Akademi to publish biography of Lummer Dai

ITANAGAR, Apr 05: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society president Yeshe Dorjee i Thongchi disclosed that the apex literary body of the nation Sahitya Akademi was going to publish a literary biography of late Lummer Dai under the series of ‘The Makers of Indian Literature’.

Addressing the gathering at the 20th death anniversary programme of the doyen of literature, Lummer Dai  held at the office of APLS today, Thongchi added that with the publication of the book, Lummer Dai’s name would be placed along with the great writers of India and this would be a glorious moment for the people of Arunachal Pradesh,  and would be a boost for the literature lovers of the state.

Thongchi also recapitulated Lummer Dai’s literary contributions in brief.

Before the start of the programme, members offered floral tribute to his portrait.

While delivering his speech, Thongchi appealed to the younger generation to continue the legacy of late Lummer Dai through their literary activities.

He said, “Development of literature is the index of the development of a community and that will be the real tribute to the memory of late Lummer Dai.”

Thongchi also informed that one of Lummer Dai’s most popular Assamese Novels ‘Mon Aru Mon’ had been translated by him in English which was titled, ‘Heart to Heart’ and that  it was available in the book stores of Itanagar.

“This translated book will facilitate the young literary lovers of Arunachal Pradesh to get the flavour of the precious literary contributions of  Lummer Dai.

The executive president of APLS  Batem Pertin briefed  the gathering on the  other contributions of Lummer Dai, who paved the avenue of development for Arunachalee society as Dai was the pioneer in establishing the first newspaper of the state, ‘Echo of Arunachal’.

He added that this event was instrumental in promoting media in the state.

Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing president Olen Megu Damin, in her speech, said that Late Lummer Dai was a great lover of nature and animals.

Among others, retired Director of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin, Director, Gazetteers and Indigenous Affairs, Sokhep Kri, Luminous Lummer Dai Literary awardee and noted writer R N Koley, APLS general secretary and senior journalist Mukul Pathak were also present.

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