Nuchhungi Renthlei
Born(1914-01-01)1 January 1914
British India
Died1 January 2002(2002-01-01) (aged 88)
OccupationWriter
Known forMizo poems
Spouse(s)R. Rualkhuma
Children6
AwardsPadma Shri

Nuchhungi Renthlei (1 January 1914 – 1 January 2002) was an Indian poet, singer and school teacher, known for her poems written in Mizo language.[1] She was the founder of Girls' Auxiliary, an organization for women's rights, which she founded in 1939.[2] The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1986.[3]

Biography

Nuchhungi Renthlei was born on the New Year day of 1914 to Hmingliana at Aizawl, in the northeast Indian state of Mizoram,[4] She did her schooling at the Baptist Missionary Society, at Langlui, Mizoram and started writing at a young age.[1] She continued her writing during her career as a teacher and was also a noted singer during her early years. She is credited with several poems, children's songs and stories and ran a dance school to teach traditional dances to children.[1] She was married to R. Rualkhuma and the couple had five daughters and a son.[2]

The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1986.[3] She was the third Mizo personality and the first Mizo woman to receive the Padma Shri award.[5]

Renthlei died on her 88th birthday on 1 January 2002.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Nuchhungi Renthlei (1914-2002)". India Online. 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Ramaṇika Gupta (2006). Indigenous Writers of India: North-East India. Concept Publishing Company. p. 227. ISBN 9788180693007.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Shrimati Nuchhungi Renthlei". Aizawl Online. 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "21 Mizos honoured Padma Shree Awards till date". Seven Diary. 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.