Gangtok, June 20: The Nepali Sahitya Parishad here has announced the name of writer, poet and musician Birkha Bahadhur Muringla for Bhanu Puraskar, 2016, for his contribution to literature and music.
Muringla's name was finalised at a meeting of the selection committee on June 14.
The award will be conferred on him at the 202th Bhanu Jayanti celebrations here on July 13 . The annual award includes an anga vastra, tamra patra, certificate and cash.
|BB Muringla conferred Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture Samman in 2014 - File Photo|
The 73-year-old writer and musician is from Lingchom village in West Sikkim.
"The contribution of Mr Muringla to literature is outstanding. He may be referred to as the Balmiki of Limbo literature," said president of Sahitya Parishad, Rudra Poudyal.
Muringla was born on April 13, 1943. He studied in Tashi Namgyal Academy and Darjeeling Government College.