Imphal: Heisnam Basantakumar Award 2022 was conferred to eminent writer Naoroibam Indramani in connection with the celebration of World Book Day 2022 in a solemn function held at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Imphal on Saturday.
The function was organised by Sahitya Thoupang Lup (SATHOULUP), Imphal, Manipur.
The award was instituted in memory of late Heisnam Basantakumar by his son Heisnam Balkrisna, director, IPR, Manipur and his family.
The award carries a sum of Rs 10.000, citation and a shawl.
Basantakumar (1950-1990) wrote a novel entitled “Mongpham” and poetry entitled “Basanta Paojel”.
Litterateur Kangjam Radhakumar, IAS (Retd.) said the books written before the advent of Hinduism are seen as a forgotten chapter among the people of the state and ‘we’ need to venture into the history of Manipuri literature. “We need to bridge the gap of the Manipuri literature by exploring the written records,” he added.
This is the time for e-books and e-library and there is need to upload books written by eminent writers of the state to find a global platform, he added.
Ksheterimayum Subadani, president, Leikol said translation of the books written in local language is very important to bridge the gap caused by language barrier. SATHOULUP needs to organise programme for writers of the state to give them exposure and a platform for their works.
A dictionary of English to Japanese to Manipuri compiled by Ph. Nandakumar was released during the function. As a part of the programme, recitation of poems by various budding poets of the state was also presented.
The World Book Day is celebrated every year on April 23 to honour the great works by authors around the world. The special day has been marked by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an attempt to promote the love of reading, writing books, translations, publishing and copyright. This year ‘World Book Day 2022’ is celebrated under the theme ‘Read…So you never feel alone.’