‘‘I am overwhelmed, I am feeling inspired. This honour will help me work with further enthusiasm,” said distinguished educationist-writer Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury after receiving the Man Of The Year Award from eminent journalist Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty at the Maramland Asom Awards 2017, held in a colourful ceremony at the Guwahati District Library recently.
On the occasion, Dr. Nomal Ch. Borah, MD, GNRC Hospitals, was specially felicitated. In his thought provoking speech, Dr. Borah recalled how he had started GNRC with only Rs five thousand, and how with hard work and determination he finally succeded. A number of personalities who have made significant contributions were conferred with several awards and honours in front of a packed audience.
The former Chief Minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was honoured with the Voice of 2016 by eminent actor Nipon Goswami, eminent cardilogist of India and Assam proud Dr. Bhabananda Das was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while folk researcher Dr. Dolly Das was bestowed with the Dihanam Ratna Award. A few differently abled artistes also received awards for their achievements.
This time, the award for the most promising singer was jointly conferred on Purnima Kalita and Sumi Das of Pathsala. Various other awardees are – Brajen Borah (Lifetime Achievement Award, Acting), Bichurita Barnali (Most popular monthly Assamese magazine), Bikash Moran (Most Innovative Journalist, Assam Talks, Tinsukia), Pradip Borah (Most Dedicated Journalist, News Live, Jorhat), Eva Saikia Dutta Bhuyan (Best Debutant, Poetry Book – Satej Phular Subash), Hajo Panchatirtha (Best Documentary).
In the mobile theatre (2016-17) category, awards were conferred on Mahatmar Sakupani (Best Play, Rajtilak Theatre), Barsha Rani Bishaya (Best Actress), Parag Sarma (Best Acror), Mridul Bhuyan (Best co-actor), Ankita Saikia (Best co-actress).
Many other noted personalities like veteran journalist Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty, Sattriya exponents Ramkrishna Talukdar and Rumi Talukdar, writer and Deputy Commisioner of Barpeta Thaneswar Malakar, writer Bipul Deuri, Dr. Jaysri Goswami Mahanta, Hem Bhai, Jyotish Acharya Bharathraaj, Dr. Atanu Borthakur, writer-cultural activist Gopal Jalan, rector of Anandaram Baruah Academy Dr. Ranjit Deka, Director of Seuji Dhara Nagen Choudhury, popular playwright Abhijit Bhattacharya, Dr. Naba Bezbaruah, Manika Haloi and their daughter Verbena were also felicitated.
A series of Sattriya dance presentations by the students of Nartan Kala Niketan under the direction of Ramkrishna Talukdar and Rumi Talukdar lit up the stage, performing among others Bhoortaal, Dasavatar dance, which mesmerised the audiences. The programme also saw some especially abled artistes being felicitated and given a chance to showcase their inherent talent. A lokageet sung by Manoj and modern song rendered by Sumi and Purnima, differently abled artistes from Barpeta and Bajali respectively, were praised by the gathering. A prime attraction was an elaborate fashion show designed by Pallabi and Abhijit, and organised by Mosif Ahmed, a youth with working experience in Bollywood. The programme concluded with a modern dance presentation superbly choreographed by Bapan Sinha’s DMASK group that earned spontaneous applause from the gentle gathering at the District Library auditorium.
On the occasion, the mouthpiece of Maramland Asom Awards 2017 was released by Dr. Nomal Ch. Borah, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Thaneswar Malakar, DC, Barpeta, writer Apurba Saikia, Bipul Deuri, Dr. Jaysri Goswami Mahanta and noted actor Nipon Goswami. It was followed by the release of book – Zubeen Garg – The Living Legend, written by Chandradittya Sharma and published by MARAMLAND. Finally, it was the turn of director Maram Kumar to extend his heartfelt thanks to everyone for making the programme a grand success.