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.