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President Murmu confers Padma Shri to Silbi Passah, recognition to Meghalaya’s rich traditional music

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SHILLONG, MAY 9: The President of India Droupadi Murmu conferred Padma Shri to Silbi Passah in the field of Art from Meghalaya during Civil Investiture Ceremony in New Delhi today.

Passah, is a retired Hindi teacher and a stalwart in promoting Meghalaya’s rich cultural heritage, she has dedicated her life to both education and arts. She was a resource person of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and DERT (Directorate of Educational Research & Training) and a renowned artist. She assisted SCERT, DERT, in connection with training the teachers in Art and Craft, Acting, Dancing and Singing. Her domain is socially useful, productive work (SUPW) and music. She has also trained in Institute of Khasi Jaintia Folk songs and Traditional Musical Instruments.


Born on the 3rd March, 1952, Passah is a resident of Riatsamthiah. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Hindi (Kovid) and joined as a hindi teacher at Khasi Jaintia National Government Upper Primary School, Mawkhar Shillong in 1982. To promote Hindi, she took part in a Radio Programme, “Hindi Lesson”, broadcasted by All India Radio Shillong (AIRS). In 2005, she was deputed to Central Institute of Hindi (Agra) for preparation of Hindi- Khasi Contrastive Grammar.

Passah has a keen interest in promoting music and culture in the state and has sincerely devoted her life to it. Through the department of art and culture in collaboration with (NEZCC) North East Zone Cultural Centre, she and her troupe have had opportunities to participate in different octave festivals organized by various zones of the country like South Zone Cultural Centre, South West Zone Cultural Central, West Zone etc. It is through these platforms she tried her level best to showcase the rich cultural hertitage of Meghalaya. She is the first Khasi women to produce the Hindi Skit titled “Hindi Bhasha Hamari Rashtra Bhasha Hai” which was telecasted in Doordarshan Kendra Shillong. Recently her troupe has also presented traditional dance form at the “Adi Shaurya Parv Parakram ka” 2023.


In her illustrious career she has received several recognitions in various fields. She was awarded the District Certificate of Honour by the State Government 2001, Seng Khasi, Seng Kmie Honorary Award (2008); State award (2005); People’s Choice Award NETV (2005); National Award for teachers (2006); Jeebon Roy Award (2008); Khasi Jaintia Welfare Award (2009); International Gold Star Award (Bangkok 2010); Seng Samla Seng Kmie Honorary Award (2011); Lady of Hope (Cape Town South Africa) (2012); U Tirot Sing Award for Art and Literature (Meghalaya 2014); Youth Affair Award (2019); 4th Northeast Unsung Heroes red carpet social award (2021) and Sangeet Natak Academic Award (2021).

President Murmu confers Padma Shri to Silbi Passah, recognition to Meghalaya’s rich traditional music

Delighted and elated CM with Padma awardee Silbi Passah

CM congratulated Padma awardee Silbi Passah on being conferred with Padma Shri from President Murmu for outstanding contribution in linguistic and artistic fields.

Conrad said that it is a matter of pride for the state and it is an innate pleasure to be a part of the ceremonious occasion.

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