The 4th NEEDS Excellence Awards was held in a glittering function at the Greenwood Resort, Guwahati, recently, where twelve personalities were conferred with the leading awards for their contribution in their respective areas. The various awardees were Dr. Navanil Barua (medicine), Dr. Ellias Ali (social service), Marami Medhi (dance), Rahul Biswas (still-photography), Pankaj Kumar Dutta (journalism), Tarali Sarma (music), Mridul Bhuyan (mobile theatre), Robert Royte (sports), Meghna Mehjabeen (fashion designing), Nishita Goswami (acting), Nikhil Talukdar (journalism) and Pawan Aggarwal (commerce).
A special award was also instituted in memory of legendary artiste Biju Phukan, which was presented to popular singer Zubeen Garg, who, however, couldn’t be present in person. The award carries a cash of Rs 50,000 and a trophy. On the other hand, the ‘Promising Youth Icon’ awards were presented to Pankaj Ingti, Antariksh Saharia, Bhukhan Pathak, Surajit Saikia, Kamal Lochan, Neel Jonak and Abhrajyoti Chakravorty. Seven women from different fields were presented with the ‘Woman of Substance’ award. The various recipients were Sanjukta Dutta, Tulika Devi, Umi Deka Barua, Simpi Kalita, Amrita Dutta, Monalisha Sarma and Bhanurasmi.
The presentation also included two awards that were awarded to groups -‘Beharbari Outpost’ for being the best entertaining Assamese serial, and Aikyasena Asom for it’s social work.
The function inaugurated by Jayanta Malla Barua, Chairman, Assam Tourism, Prashanta Phukan (brother of Biju Phukan) and social activist Kiran Boro, was dedicated to ‘Ditiya Innings’, an old aged home, which will be shortly launched by NEEDS. The function was directed and anchored by Yankee Parashar. There were also themed based fashions shows that were designed by Asmita Kaushik and Naina Gogoi and the show stoppers include Arundhuti Rashmi and Krishti Das. The cultural programme also saw the presence of World Youth Boxing champion and Assam proud Ankushita Boro on the ramp in a traditional costume designed by Kiran Boro. She was presented with a cheque of Rs 50,000 by NEEDS.
‘Senorita Le Le Moja Le’ famed Karlita Mauhini and Kaji Touki of ‘Afghan Jelebi’ fame regaled audiences with their hit numbers. Both the Bollywood singers were presented with the Youth Icon award. On the occasion, Sanjiv Roy was also conferred with the Youth Icon award for his work in the social area.
The function was organized by the NGO – North Eastern Economical Development Society (NEEDS), whose founder is entrepreneur and social worker Amardeep Paul. The NGO has, infact, been playing a pro-active role in controlling price hike in the North East since the last six years.