GUWAHATI, July 31 - The Natasurya Phani Sarma Award, the Sahityacharya Atul Chandra Hazarika Award and the Dr Bhabendranath Saikia Award for the year 2018 were conferred on cine personality Nilu Chakraborty, playwright Jiten Sarma and the late filmmaker Munin Baruah (posthumous), respectively.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented the awards at a function held here today. Manjula Baruah received the award conferred on her deceased husband Munin Baruah.
Presenting the awards, Sonowal said the artiste community is the backbone of society as it plays the role of a guiding light. He also said the cultural crusaders of the State have played an important role in uniting the society as a whole. �The artiste community has brought laurels to the State from time to time in the international arena,� he said adding �they are the collective consciousness of our society.�