The 18th birth anniversary of Leimakhol Khorjeikhol (Leikol), a literary organization of writers in Manipur was held in Imphal on Wednesday.
State Consumers Affairs & Food and Pubic Distribution Minister Karam Shyam; president of Leikol, Prof Nahakpam Aruna and convenor, Manipuri Language Advisory Board, Sahitya Academy, Nongmaithem Kirankumar attended the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Shyam said the contribution and works of the writers of the State for the growth of the society is unlimited and their values increases with time urging the writers to play significant roles in shaping the society for the better and guiding the youths of today.
He also appealed the female population of the State to take active part in politics and governance and contribute their thoughts and innovative ideas in the administration of the State.
In his speech Kirankumar traced the history of the works of women writers in Manipur with reference to the Indian context mentioning that Buddhism religion gives freedom for opening our ideas in writings and other related works.
On the other hand, Dr Jamini expressed that she felt happy and nostalgic on winning the award as she had a close association with noted academician Khaidem Pramodini and M K Binodini who started the Leikol as its president. There are around 500 writers in Manipur at present.
In the day’s observation, Thiyam Krishnachandra Radehesakhi Award and Kshetrimayum Yaima and Thambal Devi Memorial Literary Award for the year 2018 were also conferred to Yumnam Rajendra and Lanchenba Meitei respectively for their outstanding contribution to literature and its development in Manipur.
Renowned writer, educationist and social activist Dr Chongtham Jamini Devi bagged the first Khaidem Pramodini Memorial Literary Award as a mark of recognition for her dedicated and conscious efforts towards serving the society and humanity.
The award carries a citation, cash of Rs 10, 000, a shawl and memento.