Dr. Timsula Ao passed away in a private hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland at the age of 80.
“Sadden by the passing of Dr. Temsula Ao, who has played a pivotal role in promoting the wonderful Naga culture through her literary work, the Prime Minister tweeted Monday morning.
We mourn the passing of Dr. Tmsula Ao, who played a pivotal role in spreading the wonderful Naga culture through her literary works. Her efforts in the fields of education and culture were noteworthy. Condolences to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 10 2022
Her efforts in the fields of education and culture were noteworthy. Condolences to her family and friends. May God have mercy on her soul.”
Ao was born on October 25, 1945, and was awarded by the Padma Shri in 2007.
Among other awards, she is also the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for her collection of short stories, as well as the Nagaland Governor’s Award for Excellence in Literature.
It is also remembered as one of the major literary sounds in English from the Northeast. Her works have also been translated into German, French, Assamese, Bengali and Hindi.
She retired from Northeastern Hill University (NEHU) in 2010 as Professor of English and Dean of the College of Humanities and Education. She began her teaching career at the university in 1975.