Nashik: Padma Shri Award winner and senior Naga litterateur Temsula Ao was named for the prestigious Kusumagraja National Literature Award.
The Award which has been instituted by the city-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) has been bestowed, for her outstanding contribution to the field of literature, YCMOU registrar Prakash Atkare stated in a press release issued here today.
The award carries a cash purse of Rs 1 lakh, a memento and a citation which would be presented to Temsula Ao at a function to be held at the YCMOU campus on March 20, at the hands of famous Marathi litterateur Arun Sadhu, who was recently honoured with the Janasthan Puraskar, the release said.
Ao has made a great contributions to English language and literature. She is a well known novelist in Nagaland. Her poems and literary works have been translated into Assamese, Bengali and Hindi, the release said.
Her book on an anthropological study of Nagas called 'Being A Naga' is well known, besides her collection of stories like These Hills Called Home and Stories From a War Zone, the release said.
She has played a prominent role in bringing together sixteen tribal communities of Nagaland and presently, she is president of the Nagaland Women's Commission, the release said.