U SoSo Tham Death Anniversary 2023 – People are remembering U SoSo Tham on his 83rd death anniversary today, December 18. He was the Khasi poet from Meghalaya’s Sohra. The day offers an appropriate time to reflect on his life and contributions to literature. U SoSo Tham’s death anniversary has been celebrated as a state holiday since the late 1970s.
Who Was U SoSo Tham?
U SoSo Tham achieved the distinction of being the first poet to introduce secular literature with unique and authentic diction. He was a trailblazer in incorporating Khasi idioms into his work, drawing inspiration from English poetry.
Tham became a high school teacher, excelling in his teaching career with only an eighth-grade education. U SoSo Tham strongly resisted the adoption of English living styles and culture.
Dr S. K. Bhuyan, a prominent historian, likened U SoSo Tham to Robert Burns of the Khasi Highlands In the book Studies in the Literature of Assam (1956).