Shri Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, an eminent Assamese writer was born in 1952 at a remote mountainous village Jigaon in the then Kameng Frontier Division of NEFA, presently known as Arunachal Pradesh. He belongs to tiny Buddhist tribe called Sherdukpen. Since in those days the medium of instruction in NEFA Schools were Assamese language he started writing in Assamese from his school days. Initially he wrote poems, one act plays, article etc and then switched over to short story and novel writing from his college days and gained popularity amongst Assamese readers. He served as the Deputy Commissioner in five districts for second longest period in India after Ajit Jogi, held many important portfolios in government of Arunachal Pradesh. After retirement, he again served as State Chief Information Commissioner, RTI Commission from 2011-2015.
He has to his credit eight novels including Maun Outh Mukhar Hriday (Silent Lips Murmuring Heart), Saw Kata Manuh ( The Death Body Chopper) Bih Konyar Deshat (In the Land of Poisonous Damsels), Sonam etc and three short story collections namely Papor Pukhuri (A sinful Pond) Bah bhular Gondh (Smell of Bamboo flowers) etc, along with one collection of folk Tales, one autobiography ( volume -I ) and two works of translation, Acharya Shantideva’s Bhodhicharyavatara from Sanskrit and Gen. J.J sing’s The Soldiers General, an Autobiography from English. He is also writing columns in local dailies. Besides his mother tongue Sherdukpen, Assamese, English and Hindi he knows Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and several tribal dialects of his state.
Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi received more than Fifteen literary and other awards for his contribution to Indian literature and for working towards National unity and integrity. These Awards includes Sahitya Akademi Award, Bhasa Bharati Award from National Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, Kalaguru Bishnu Rava Prasad literary Award from Assam Sahitya Sabha, Dr. Bhupen Hazrika National Award from an NGO called SARHAD, Pune, the Assam valley Literary Award of Williamson Megor Educational Trust, Kolkata to name a few. His novels were made into national and international award winning films and many of his novels and short stories are adapted to drama and tele films. Many of his works are prescribed in school, college and university courses in several states and translated to several languages.
He is presently holding the Presidentship of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, a first literary society he himself founded in the state of Arunachal Pradesh to provide platform for writers and started a literary movement there, where no written literature of its own existed earlier.