Eminent writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi has been selected for the ‘5th Bhupen Hazarika National Award 2017’ by Pune-based social organization Sarhad. Other recipients of the award in the past include well-known director Jahnu Barua, renowned actor Professor Ratan Thiyam, journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap and well known musician and singer Lou Majaw from Meghalaya.
Thongchi, who hails from the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh had served as a civil servant in Arunachal before.
Early life of Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi
Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi was born in Tibetan calendar year of the eight day of fourth in Iron hare year which corresponds to 13 June 1952 of Roman calendar year, to late Tashi Phuntsu Thongschi and late Rinchin Chojom Thongsi at village Jigaon of present day West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Yeshe Dorje Thongsi started his literary pursuit from his childhood school days. Although his mother tongue is a dialect called Sherdukpen spoken by few thousand people, he started practicing his writings in Assamese Language which was the medium of instruction in NEFA schools in those days.
Literary journey of Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi
While his first poem called Jonbaai (The Moon) appeared in an Assamese children’s magazine by the same name in 1967, he tried his hand at various genres, including plays, short stories and novels, excelling in all of them. It increased his popularity as a poet amongst his teachers, fellow students, friends and other residents of town of Bomdila, the headquarter town of the Kameng Frontier Division.
He has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Assamese novel Mouna Outh Mukhar Hriday. His other notable works are Sonam, Lingjhik, Bih Kanyar Deshat, Papor Pukhuri and Kameng Simantar Sadhu.