Six prominent personalities from the Northeast received the prestigious Padma Shri Award on Wednesday.
National Award winning Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua. He has won 10 National Film Awards and over 25 awards at international festivals. In 2003, he was given the Padma Shri for his contribution to cinema.
‘Forest Man of India’ Jadav Payeng, Assam’s tribal environmentalist. Payeng, 56, single-handedly planted nearly 1,400 acres of forest on a Brahmaputra sandbar near Majuli, known as Molai Kathonibari. He is a resident of Aruna Sapori at Kokilamukh in Jorhat district.
Manipur’s medicine expert Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Imphal West, and was given the Padma Shri for her contribution to society as a medical professional.
Musician Neil Herbert Nonkynrih from Meghalaya. He is the founder of the famous Shillong Chamber Choir, which had performed for President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during their first visit to India in 2010.
Social worker H. Thegtse Rinpoche from Arunachal Pradesh. He is associated with the Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh.
Prof. (Dr.) Lakshmi Nandan Bora, former president of Axom Xahitya Xabha, a novelist and short story writer with around 60 books to his credit.