ITANAGAR, May 9 – It’s turned out to be a glowing tribute to late Lummer Dai with the launch of a research institute after the noted novelist from Arunachal Pradesh, in Assam’s Bihpuria.
The ‘Lummer Dai North-east Centre for Language, Literature and Cultural Research’, established under the initiative of Asam Sahitya Sabha, will be inaugurated at Bihpuria in Lakhimpur district on June 1 coinciding with the 70th birth anniversary of late Dai.
This was stated by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) president and well known litterateur YD Thongchi during the 24th literary sitting of APLS held at the JN State Museum here on Sunday.
A close aide of late Dai, Thongchi said, “This spirited step of the Asam Sahitya Sabha will go a long way in buttressing the cultural and literary ties between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, besides promoting the Assamese language and literature.”
He further informed that during the inauguration of the research centre, the Asam Sahitya Sabha will also confer the 2nd ‘Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota (Literary Award)’ on Basanta Das, an eminent novelist of Diphu in Assam.
Asam Sahitya Sabha secretary Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi said that a delegation of APLS, along with Nanni Dai, widow of late Dai, will be invited to the function.
Instituted by the Sabha in 2009, the first Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota was conferred on (late) Swarna Borah, a renowned novelist, poet and lyricist of Nagaon.
The APLS, mourning the demise of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, unanimously resolved to confer the ‘Karmaveer’ title on late Khandu as a tribute to the former CM’s immense contributions towards the development of this frontier State.