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Thanga Darlong (96) is  a famous art-music-flute (Rosem) artiste from Tripura,
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Tripura: 96-year-old tribal music maestro gets Padma Shri

Thanga Darlong, who plays Rosem -- a flute-like musical instrument -- was conferred the award in the ‘centenarian’ category

Agartala: Thanga Darlong (96), a famous Rosem artiste of Tripura, has been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri Award, the Union ministry of home affairs announced on Saturday.

The music maestro, who hails from Kailashahar in Unakoti district, received the fourth highest civilian award of the country in the 'centenarian' category for contribution in flute-based music.

Earlier, Darlong received the National Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2014, Academic Fellowship Award in 2015 and state-level Vayoshresta Samman in 2016. He is also the recipient of Centenarian Award.

Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb congratulated the famous artiste on his achievement. Taking to Twitter, Deb wrote: “Heartiest greetings to Shri Thanga Darlong ji on being conferred the Padma Shri Award. An exceptional musical genius from Tripura, Shri Darlong has made exemplary efforts for nurturing the indigenous culture of NorthEast especially the art of playing Rosem musical instrument.”