Veteran Khasi Journalist and Author Sumar Sing Sawian Passes Away at 82

Sumar Sing Sawian, a veteran journalist and prominent Khasi author, passed away on Friday night at the age of 82. He was the first Khasi to join mainstream journalism and was the Chief of Bureau – Northeast of the Press Trust of India (PTI), holding the coveted post. Sawian was also the editor of the Khasi newspaper, “Aphira.”

He was an eminent personality of the Seng Khasi Seng Kmie and instrumental in holding the annual pilgrimage to Lum Sohpet Bneng peak called “Ka Kiew Pyneh Rngiew.” In addition to being a journalist, Sawian was also an author of many valuable books related to the indigenous faith and culture of the Hynniewtrep community of Meghalaya. He received numerous awards in journalism and for social service.

Sawian’s rites and rituals will be performed at his residence in Umroi Labanasaro on Sunday at 1.30 pm. His mortal remains will be brought to Shillong and cremated at Jaiaw Cremation Ground in Shillong. He is survived by his son.

The Shillong Press Club has condoled the sad demise of Sumar Sing Sawain. Members of the SPC observed a minute of silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul. His passing away has left a vacuum among the print and electronic media of Meghalaya.