Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh

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Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh
Shri Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh
Born (1913-08-18)18 August 1913
Died 8 June 2008(2008-06-08) (aged 94)
Keishamthong Top Leirak, Imphal
Awards President's Medal for teaching
Manipur Journalist Award
Thoibi Devi Award for literature
Writer of the Year – 2000
Manipur Journalist Award

Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh, also known as "RK Shitaljit", was a noted writer, scholar and educationalist of Manipur.  He was born on 18 August 1913, and died at the age of 95 at his residence at Keishamthong Top Leirak, Imphal on 8 June 2008.[1]


RK Shitaljit was a teacher and Headmaster of Ram Lal Paul High School, Imphal. Besides being a dedicated teacher and a noted writer, he was also a correspondent of the Amitra Bazar Patrika, the Statesman and Press Trust of India. He was the editor of a Manipuri newspaper the 'Manipur Matam' published by Tarun Press in 1937.[1]


Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh had received many awards including the President of India's Medal for teaching (1967), the Thoibi Devi Award for literature (from Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, 1999) and the Writer of the Year award (from Naharol Sahitya Premi Samiti, 2000).[2] Recognising his contribution to Meitei literature, Manipur Sahitya Parishad honoured him with Sahitya Ratna in 2006. He received the Manipur Journalist Award[3] in 1995 and was offered a fellowship by Manipur State Kala Akademi in the same year.[4]


Some of the books he translated from Bengali to Meitei are the Gita Govinda and Padavali gi Shayan Shaikhan. In 1988, Swamy Prabhupada's "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" was translated into Meitei by RK Shitaljit.[5] He has also authored the Friends' English to Meitei dictionary, 1962[6] and Friends' Pocket Dictionary (English-Manipuri), 1967.

Meitei literature contributions[edit]

He has written many poems and short stories in Meitei, which are an important constituent of Meitei literature. He wrote a book of short stories called Leikolnungda (In the Garden)[7] in 1946, a year before the India's independence. In the same year, he also published another collection of short stories called Leinungshi (Fragrance) and thus began a new era of short stories. Shitaljit can be credited as the father of Meitei short stories.[8] His short story (a) Kamala Kamala is included in the Civil Service Exam Syllabus for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Main Exam – Manipuri,[9] (b) Inthokpa in Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus for class IX Manipuri,[10] (c) Ima in Guwahati University TDC Manipuri course[11] and so on.


  1. ^ a b "RK Shitaljit no more". E-Pao!. The Sangai Express. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "ISKCON Remembers R. K. Shitaljit". Chakra!. Imphal (Manipur) Free Press. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Manipur State Journalist Awards". http://manipur.nic.in. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "RK Shitaljit Condoled by ISKCON Fraternity". Sampradaya Sun!. Manipur (Free Press). 10 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Srila Prabhupada Movement in Manipur". Jivanuga Dasa!. Back To Godhead. 1 November 1995. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Friends' English to Manipuri dictionary". http://openlibrary.org. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "KanglaOnline K-Special". Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh!. http://classic.kanglaonline.com/. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Contemporary Manipuri Short Stories". Nahakpam Aruna(http://www.manipurresearchforum.org). Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Civil Service Exam Syllabus for IAS Main Exam – Manipuri" (DOC). 
  10. ^ "CBSE Syllabus Class IX, X 2005–2006 Manipuri". http://www.cbseguess.com/. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ "Gauhati University T.D.C. Manipuri Syllabus" (PDF).