North East

Poet Temsula Ao no more

Shillong, Oct 10: Padma Shri Dr Temsula Ao, the renowned poet, scholar and novelist from Nagaland, passed away on Sunday in Dimapur. She was 80.

Ao, who was one of the strongest voices in the North East, was conferred the Padma Shri in 2007. In 2009, she received the Governor’s Gold Medal from the governor of Meghalaya and the Governor’s Award for Distinction in Literature in Nagaland. She also received the Kusumagraj National Literature Award for Poetry in 2015.


Ao had a deep connection with Shillong and did her PhD from NEHU. Later, she became the Dean of the School of Humanities and Education at NEHU. Her works have been translated to Assamese, Bengali, German and French, among other languages.

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