Tripura’s Beni Chandra Jamatia Conferred Padma Shri Award


Tripura’s Beni Chandra Jamatia has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri the fourth highest civilian award of India for his contribution in the field of literature and education. 

He was born in 1933 and was a renowned writer, poet and composer from Tripura. He passed away on December 14, 2020 at his residence in Matabari, Gomti district.

Jamatia’s contribution towards the Tripura indigenous includes a book in Kokborok dialect called “Baul”, in the Roman script. The book is a narrative on Rukmini’s marriage to Krishna, and also on the Kangsa’s murder. In compilation with his literary works, Jamatia also composed songs for the narrative. 

Jamatia was a skilled writer, poet and a composer which earned him the national award.

The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). 

The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.

119 Padma Awards were presented by the President this year. The list comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 will be conferred with the honour posthumously and one is a transgender awardee.


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