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Tripura tied over the non-entry regime of prestigious Padmasri award after 26 –years this time with the change of power in the state. Centurian Thanga Darlong, the last tribal musician to play Rosem – a bamboo-made flute-like musical instrument was awarded fourth civilian honour Padmasri along with 93 others in 2019. Tripura’s name appeared in the Padmasri list after 25 years with the recommendation of the state govt. In 1992, internationally acclaimed surgeon Dr Rathin Datta was conferred with Padmasri for his contribution in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War following the recommendation of the then Congress-TUJS government.

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