Bhubaneswar, Dec 19:
Eminent Santali poet Arjun Charan Hembram is the second person from Odisha selected for the prestigious Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award this year. He would get the coveted award for his poetry collection ‘Chanda Bonga’. Noted playwright Bijay Mishra is the other person in the list of Akademi awrdees for 2013.
Born in Ghatkuanri in Mayurbhanj in the year 1952, Hembram has another anthology of poems ‘Lade Sarjom’ and a primer ‘Chiki Gaban’ published in Santali to his credit.
Hembram’s two books – ‘Lade Sarjom’and ‘Chanda Bonga’ – have found place in the curriculum of North Odisha University and UPSC. A well known figure in Santali literature, he is also the founder editor of Santali literary magazine ‘Chai Champa’ and is currently bringing out a fortnightly ‘Bahabonga’ in the Santali language.