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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr Hazarika solidarity award presented to Prasanna Vithanage

GUWAHATI, April 10 - The coveted Biswaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award 2017 was conferred on acclaimed filmmaker from Sri Lanka, Prasanna Vithanage, at Rabindra Bhawan here today.

The award, instituted in the name of Assam’s cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika, was given by the Asam Sahitya Sabha in association with the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL).
A celebrated filmmaker, Vithanage is known both for his cinematic excellence as well as commercial success. He has won more than 15 international awards and his films have been screened in 13 film festivals.

His films include Akasa Kusum, Ira Madiyama, Anantha Rathriya, Sisila Gini Gani. Also deeply associated with the theatre, he translated and directed George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man and Italian Dario Fo’s Trumpets and Raspberries.

The Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award, conferred biannually, consists of a trophy, a citation and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh.

In his acceptance speech, Vithanage said the award in the name of a legendary figure like Dr Hazarika was not just a big encouragement, but also a huge responsibility.
“To receive an award in the name of the baritone-voiced singer, an extraordinary personality and exceptional lyricist, never crossed my mind in my wildest dreams,” he said.

Source : Dainik Asam ,11 April 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sahitya Sabha award to Sri Lankan filmmaker

GUWAHATI, April 8 - Eminent Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage will be honoured with the Biswaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Integration Award of Asam Sahitya Sabha at a function to be held at Rabindra Bhawan at 5 pm on April 10.
The event synchronises with the ongoing centenary celebrations of the Sabha. The award comprises a citation, a memento, a seleng sador, and Rs 5 lakh. A host of dignitaries including filmmaker Jahnu Barua and outgoing Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora will attend the function.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Source : Amar Asom , 08 April 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Critics say less inclusive, Patowary defensive

GUWAHATI, March 23: Auni Ati Xatra Xatradhikar Pitambhar Deva Goswami today said that the theme song of Namami Brahmaputra Festival released on the night of March 21 could have been made richer.

When asked for comments on the theme song, composed and set to music by Angarag Mahanta (Papon), the Xatradhikar said: “The theme song isn’t that inclusive in so far the depiction of the diverse cultures of the ethnic tribes in the State is concerned. Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘Mohabahu Brahmaputra’ creates a hallmark moment of Assam and the Mighty river the world over. Dr Hazarika wrote a number of songs on the Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra is not just the name of a river as it depicts the diverse cultures of a nation. The word ‘Mohabahu’ alone would have made the theme song redolent with the mighty river and the culture along its basins had it been used in the lyrics of the theme song. The diverse culture of Assam would have been depicted better. The song is bereft of Dr. Hazarika’s concept on the Brahmaputra.”   
Meanwhile, in view of the controversy related to the theme song, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Transport, Industries and Commerce, today said that the controversy on the song is uncalled for since the theme song has been widely praised and appreciated across the country.
In a statement, the Minister said, “While the song has been appreciated by a majority of people, a small section has criticized it. Constructive criticism is appreciated, but ill motivated comments should not be made.”

Minister Patowary appreciated the efforts of the singer Angarag Mahanta (Papon) who has leveraged his goodwill and contacts to rope in the best of Hindi and Assamese film and music fraternity to be a part of this initiative. “All the artistes involved have contributed in this massive effort only out of goodwill and with positive approach.”

Patowary further mentioned that there are imaginary figures being circulated about the cost of the song. The expenditure on it is limited to logistic and production cost only. “We cannot demean an honest effort made with honest intentions just by spreading incorrect facts,” the Minister added. He urged the people to dissuade from controversies and criticism and appealed for their active corporation to make this festival a grand success.     
The Tribal Sangha also said that the theme song failed to include the diverse cultures of diverse ethnic tribes of Assam.  It said that the video graph of the song failed to depict the vastness of the mighty river. Some of the critics are of the view that the Hindi version of the song is even worse.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Source : Dainik Janambhumi 25 March 2017