Shillong (Meghalaya), Sept 12 : The 41st foundation day of the Khasi Authors’ Society was observed on Friday at the Arts and Culture Hall, State Central Library, here .
The small but impressive occasion was graced by A L Hek, Minister, Arts and Culture as Chief Guest and T Chyne, Chief Executive Member, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council as the Guest of Honour.
In his address, the Chief Guest , A L Hek reminded the Khasi authors about standardization of Khasi words for every literature, in order to avoid any confusion from the aspiring students and conflict among the scholars. He acknowledged the role of his officials in the department for providing an office space for the Khasi Authors’ Society at the State Central Library complex.
The Guest of Honour, T Chyne emphasised on the need for a comprehensive dictionary in Khasi and announced the support of the Council towards the project initiated by the Khasi Authors’ Society. It has become a tradition in the Khasi Authors’ Society that the book release is always held every year and this year three books were released by both the dignitaries along with W Nongsiej, Director of Arts and Culture.
The books are ‘Ki Sur Mieng Ka Ri Umsnam’ by Andreas Sun, a quiz book ‘Ka Jingkyntip na Kotbah’ by Hamles Mylliemumlong and two books by Kitbor W Nongrum, ‘Ki Khun Samla, Ki Longkmie Longkpa’ and ‘Ka Sor Shillong’.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr D R L Nonglait, President, Khasi Authors’ Society, poetry recitation by Andreas Sun and folk song performed by veteran folk singer, Chosterfield Khongwir.
In view of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the attendance of members of the Khasi Authors’ Society was restricted to around fifty including invitees .