GUWAHATI, July 31 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today presented Natasurya Phani Sarma Award for the year 2019 to renowned theatre artistes and playwright Dulal Roy and Arati Das Boiragi at a programme organised by Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam in association with Kamrup district administration at Parade Ground, Rangia.
Speaking at the award ceremony the Chief Minister said Natasurya Phani Sarma had made tremendous contributions to the cultural field of Assam and through his work. He unified the greater Assamese society cutting across linguistic, religious and all other divides. His plays depicted the ills affecting the society and they also provided a message to overcome all those challenges. Love, brotherhood, peace and harmony were strong traits of all his creations and he worked tirelessly to bring in social change, he said.
Asserting that people of the State must join hands with the State government to bring development and prosperity with hard work and dedication, Sonowal said that human values should not be sacrificed for achieving development. Referring to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika�s timeless songs which spoke about inherent strengths of the Assamese society and which also acted like a mirror, the Chief Minister urged the parents and teachers to inculcate strong moral values and humane sensibilities amongst the younger generation of the State so that they could contribute meaningfully to the nation building process.�
Both Roy and Boiragi thanked the Assam government for conferring Natasurya Phani Sarma Award. Dulal Roy also presented a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh to the Chief Minister as contribution towards Chief Minister�s Relief Fund.�
It is to be mentioned, Natasurya Phani Sarma Award constitutes an amount of Rs. 2 lakh, a certificate of recognition, Sarai, Angabastra and a Gamosa.