GUWAHATI, March 13 - Three talented young ladies, Alisha Khan, Kismat Bano and Nafisa Sadiq were felicitated with the �Star of the North East� award at a function held at the Scholar School, Satgaon-Narengi here today.
Sheikh Nisar Alam, holder of national record in long jump for five years (1999-2003) and recipient of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Khel Ratna Award, was present as a special guest at the event, which was supported by the Unity Education Foundation.
Alisha Khan, besides taking part in a number of state and national level sports events, was the State champion in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics from 1996 to 2007. She is now one of Assam�s coaches in gymnastics.
Kismat Bano, a youngster from Guwahati, has acted in over 15 plays in different languages including Assamese and Hindi, which have been staged in different cities of the country. Wings Theatre, which Kismat Bano set up about three years ago, has participated in prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Nandikar, EZCC, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Prithvi, Nehru Centre, PDA festivals, Kalashetra Chennai, Octave festival (Goa and Rajasthan) and at Qadir Ali Baig theatre festival etc.
Nafisa Sadiq started her rowing career by representing Assam in the 12th Sub-Junior National Rowing Championship 2009 held at Pune. She became the first rower from Assam to represent India. She represented India at the Asian Junior Rowing Championship held at Samarkhand, Uzbekisthan in 2013, Taipei in September 2014 and at Wa han, China in July 2015. She made a national record in the Junior National Rowing Championship 2015 winning the gold medal in the single scull event to become the fastest junior woman rower in India for three consecutive years.