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Eminent personalities associated with Shillong.

People who have been associated with Shillong include

 

Swami Vivekananda, social reformer, philosopher and world renowned patriot monk visited Shillong.

Abhijeet Dutta, Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India (SBI) also hails from Shillong.

Miss Silverine Swer, Padmashree awardee & active social worker. In her late 90s, and residing at Riatsamthiah, Shillong, she is the founder principal of the first of its kind  teachers  training institute - Buniadi Siksha - at Changlang, in Arunachal Pradesh. She also received the Siver Elephant Award in 1975 for her work among the Scouts and Guides.

Queenie Rynjah, Padmashree & educationist P Mukhim who received the illustrious Padmashree prize  S Jain who received the prestigious international Alfred P. Sloan award  The poets Robin Ngangom and K S Nongkynrih

The former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma studied in St. Anthony's College.

Former Chief Election Commissioner James Michael Lyngdoh is from Shillong and had studied at St. Edmund's College but has settled in Hyderabad.

Lt. Keishing Clifford Nongrum, 25, 12 J&K Light Infantry, was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (India's Second highest military award for gallantry) posthumously for bravery during the Kargil War 1999

Lou Majaw, the Bob Dylan of Shillong. Lou and Eddie Rynjah had started celebrating Bob Dylan's birthday in Shillong on May 24, 1972. It has become an annual event and gets extensive coverage on national and international TV Channels.

Jaya Kalra - First artist from North East to have held a solo exhibition in Paris (Galerie des Arches, 22 rue des Quatre fils, 1999 Paris), General council member and representative from North east of Lalit Kala academy or National academy of Arts, New Delhi, held the very first exhibition in whole of Meghalaya. Her paintings can also be found in Prime Minister's Office, New Delhi. Home Minister's Office, New Delhi. Vice-President's Office & President's office.

Zulfi A , the IT whiz and a very original and expressive guitar player who has forged new grounds in fusing carnatic classical with jazz and rock.

Poet Rabindranath Tagore's novel Shesher Kobita (The Final Poem) is based in Shillong. He had written this poem during his stay in Jitbhumi, Rilbong.

The actor Victor Bannerjee is also a product of St. Edmund's School.

Famous film critic Amita Malik is from Shillong.

Nirad C. Chaudhuri has written extensively about Shillong in his book The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian.

Anthropologist and tribal expert Verrier Elwin had settled in Shillong and he lived here till his death.

Multi-faceted Mrs. Rita Saikia Das, who now, is promoting the Assamese Cuisine internationally was brought up in Shillong. Her latest release "AMBROSIA from the Assamese Kitchen" published by Rupa & Co has been highly accepted across the globe. She also helps noted actor Victor Bannerjee another eminent personality, run a Blind School in Assam.

Dhruba Hazarika (1956-) former student of St. Edmunds College. Recipient of the Katha prize for story writing. Presently based in Guwahati. His first novel 'A Bowstring Winter' has been published by Penguin India in May 2006.

Noted historian of Indian culture Arthur L. Basham was married to Namita Catherine in Shillong. He died in Kolkata in 1986 and is buried in Shillong.

Dr. Zohurul Hoque (1925-2017) internationally recognized translator of the Qur'an in 3 languages. He was living in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman during his twilight years with his eldest son. He passed away on 18th January 2017 at the age of 90.

Air Marshal Pranab (Lalu) K. Barbora, born in Shillong, is presently holding the rank of Air Marshall in the Indian Air Force, and he is the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command.

(Captain) Swarup J Sarma, born in Shillong and studied in St Peter's School, ex-Commander Indian Navy, is the first Boeing 747-400 Commander(Air India)  from Shillong.

Sandeepan Das is the first commercial pilot from Shillong to receive training in USA. He was born in the year 1983 and completed his schooling and Graduation in Electronics Technology from St. Edmund's College Shillong and currently serving Country's prestigious Airlines "Air India."

Noted writer and Booker Prize winner, Arundhati Roy was born in the KJP Synnod Hospital in Shillong.

Prabhat Dey Sawyan, prominent industrialist and architect,recently honoured by The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTAC);designed and launched boutique resort 'Ri Kynjai' incorporating traditional khasi roof forms into a modern architectural setting.

Abishek Saikya Somani a.k.a  Foxie, former Student of MNNIT, Allahabad (AIEEE-AIR-10,523). Author of "The People Tree".  A very Respectable citizens of Shilong.

O.B Tariang, prominent and successful female entrepreneur, winner of several national awards including the Indian Solidarity Council Award for prominent business achievement; and currently holds the position of Chairman of Social Welfare Board, Meghalaya.

Dr Faith Rangad, Clinical Oncologist and Dr Patrick N Viswanathan (Dr Faith's husband)

Brother Eric D'Souza, former principal of St. Columba's School, Delhi, recipient of President's Award for the Best Teacher one of the most respectable citizens of Shillong also was the favourite teacher of Sharukh Khan.

Award winning Blues band Soulmate hails from Shillong

Murli Melwani, another product of St Edmund’s School and College, is the author of “Indian English Stories”(2007), “Stories of a Salesman”(1966;2nd edition 1976),”Deep Roots( a 3-Act Play) and “Themes in Indo-Anglian Literature.”

“James Michael Lyngdoh I.A.S, a student of St Edmunds, retired as the Chief Election Commissioner of India. He is also the author of “ Chronicle Of An Impossible Election.”

Pradyot Bikram Kishore Manikya, (b. July 4, 1977) is the current head of the Royal House of Tripura also has a summer Castle in Shillong and owns a Hotel called The Royal Heritage -Tripura Castle and the popular news and current affairs magazine The Northeast Today

Rono Dutta president of United Airlines did his schooling from St.Edmunds,Shillong.

Bangalore based writer Anjum Hasan is from Shillong and her debut novel Lunatic in my Head which is set in Shillong was launched on Dec 7 2007. She has also written a book of verse titled Street on the Hill.

Shawn Lane the legendary guitarist and composer spent time jamming with the locales of Shillong in February, 2003. In a comment made later about Aizawl and Shillong, he said:

“ ...Man, this place barely exists on the map and there are all these wonderful people coming out of the woodworks with Powers of 10 albums and posters that I haven't even seen in America...(T)hey know everything I have ever done, every tune I have ever played... it's just bizarre, simply inconceivable... ”

Nari K. Rustomji, ICS (rtd.), acclaimed administrator and author, was Advisor for NEFA to the first post-Independence Governor of Assam, Sir Akbar Haydari, and retired as Chief Secretary of Meghalaya. He maintains a retirement home in Shillong.

Ankush Saikia (b. December 14, 1975) grew up in Shillong and studied at St Edmunds School and College. His first book Jet City Woman, a short novel set in Delhi and northeast India, was published by Rupa & Co. in November 2007. He is currently a senior editor at a publishing firm in New Delhi.

Evelyn Norah Shullai, educationalist and pioneer of Girl Guiding in India.

Barry o'Brian has held many quizzes like the Brain Jam Quiz in Shillong.

John Shepherd-Barron, inventor of the ATM, was born in Shillong.

Brother Philip Pinto, who taught at St. Edmund's in the 1970s, is Superior General of the Christian Brothers worldwide and based in the Vatican in Rome.

Utpal Dutta, the prominent actor of Bengali and Hindi cinema, was born on 29 March, 1929 in Shillong.

Leela Majumdar, the writer, spent her childhood days at Shillong, where she studied at the Loreto

Ratnadeep Deb, self made billionaire was brought up in Shillong.

Ms Tipriti Kharbangar and Rudy WallangBoth of whom form the core of Soulmate India's Premier Blues band and the only band in the History of India to have taken part in the 23rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, SA. They were Semi-Finalists.

Rudy Wallang the only musician and guitar player from India to have a custom/signature guitar built and presented to him by the International guitar brand 'Samick (Greg Bennett Guitars)'