Mamang Dai

Dai is a poet and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh, India. She was correspondent -the Hindustan Times, The Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers, and former President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of working journalists. She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme.

In 2003 Dai received the state Verrier Elwin Award for her book Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land featuring the culture, folklore and customs of Arunachal’s different communities.  She has featured in several national and international forums, and her poems, fiction and articles have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.The Legends of Pensam (novel), Stupid Cupid ( Novel),River Poems (Poetry), El bálsamo del tiempo (The Balm of Time) poetry, Arunachal Pradesh-the Hidden Land (Nonfiction), The Black Hill, (Novel) etc. are some of her works.

In 2011 Dai was awarded the Padma Shri, for her contribution in the field of literature and education. She is also a recipient of the Luminous Lummer Dai Award of  the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, and the Sahitya Akademi Award, 2017, for her book The Black Hill, in English.

Dai lives in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India.