Manipur
Noted manipuri writer Oja Elangbam Sonamani Singh Credit: e-pao.net

Manipuri chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday condoled the death of noted Manipuri author Oja Elangbam Sonamani Singh.

Singh said that the contributions of Sonamani Singh to Manipuri literature will forever remain as valuable assets for society.

The former president of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad has penned over 40 books belonging to different genres in the Manipuri language.

Elangbam Sonamani has been honoured with Manipur State Kala Academy Award in 1987, the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 and Gyangarima Manad Alangkar Award by Bharatiya Gyanpith in 2017.

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The author was also honoured with the title ‘Sahityaratna’ on the 83rd annual conference of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad for his immense contributions to Manipuri literature.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of a great author and a pioneer of Manipuri literature, Oja Elangbam Sonamani. His valuable contribution to Manipuri literature will remain a valuable asset for our society. My heart goes out to the grieving family. May his soul rest in peace,” N Biren Singh tweeted.

Womku da Sikar (1973), Mangsat Taanba(1980), Mamangthong Lollabadi Maningthongda Lak-udana(1985) are some his noted short stories.

The noted writer was born on July 11, 1925 at Moirangkhom Loklaobung in Imphal.

Although Sonamani Singh began his professional life as a clerk, he later did his postgraduation from the Calcutta University and joined the DM College as a lecturer.

He retired as an IAS officer in 1987.

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