Dhaneswar Engti
Born (1955-11-01) 1 November 1955 (age 66)
NationalityIndian
EducationM.A.
Alma materGuwahati University
OccupationWriter, lyricist
AwardsPadma Shri, 2022

Dhaneswar Engti (born 1 November 1955) is a poet-author from the Indian State of Assam promoting the use of the endangered Karbi language spoken by the Karbi (also known as Mikir or Arleng) people of Northeastern India. Engti has authored 19 books and written around 100 songs in the Karbi language. He has also served as the Joint Secretary of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council.[1] In the year 2022, Govt. of India conferred on him the Padma Shri award for his work towards the preservation and advancement of indigenous languages.[2]

Early life

Dhaneswar Engti started his education at Merrok Govt M.E. School, Dengaon and passed his HSLC examination in 1972. He secured B A degree in English Language and Literature in 1978 from Govt College, Diphu and MA degree in English in 1981 from Gauhati University. He served the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council as Joint Secretary and retired from service in 2017.

Dhaneswar Engti started writing while he was a school student. Initially he wrote in Karbi language for publishing in the school magazines and in Karbi monthly magazines published from Dengaon and Diphu. Later he started writing in the Assamese language when he joined Govt Aided High School, Dengaon. He also started writing songs in Karbi language for presentation in public meetings and cultural functions.[3] Altogether, Engti has authored 19 books and written around 100 songs in the Karbi language.

Recognition: Padma Shri

Other recognitions/achievements

Publications

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References

  1. ^ "Writer prompting endangered language among Padma awardees". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Padma Awards 2022". Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Padma Award 2022: These two Assamese conferred Highest Prestigious Padma Award 2022 – Know who gets honoured". Gyansora. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Assam's Shakuntala Choudhury And Dhaneswar Engti To Be Conferred With Padma Shri". Pratidin Time. Retrieved 3 March 2022.