City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Feb 20: Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia Memorial Award, 2020 was conferred on renowned actor Boloram Das at a programme held at the Rabindra Bhawan here this evening.

Instituted by the Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia Children Welfare Trust, Aarohan in association with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam, the award is given annually on the birth anniversary of Dr Saikia.

The award carries Rs 25,000 in cash, a citation, a memento, a sarai, a seleng sador, a flower bouquet and a collection of books.

Boloram Das, a graduate from the National School of Drama, who earned acclaim for the drama film Beautiful Lives, has been chosen for the award for his contribution to the field of acting.

Das, born at Uzanbazar here, acted in films like Badlapur Boys, Haider, Gabbar is Back, A Suitable Boy and others.

Receiving the award, Das thanked the trust and the Directorate of Cultural Affairs for choosing him for the honour. He also appreciated the steps and works of the trust in the State.

“It is an emotional moment for me. The award and the appreciation will help me in going forward in the journey. I, especially, want to thank my parents for supporting me in choosing acting as a career,” Das said.

“I will try my best to go forward in the acting profession and bring laurels to the State,” he added.

Renowned actor and director Nipan Goswami was present as chief guest of the event which was also attended by Jadab Saikia, Director, Cultural Affairs; actress Moloya Goswami, trustee and secretary of the trust, and Preety Saikia, chief trustee of the trust and trustee Krishna Roy.

The award function was followed by the staging of a drama, Ramdhenu of Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia, which was directed by Nayan Prasad and acted by Barasha Rani Bishaya, Joli Laskar, Kamal Lochan and many other artistes.

Inaugurating the drama, a part of the Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia Drama Festival 2021, Nipan Goswami briefed the audience about Dr Saikia and his association with the eminent playwright, filmmaker and writer.

Earlier, congratulating Boloram Das, Moloya Goswami spoke about the aims and objectives of the Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia Children Welfare Trust.

Jadab Saikia and Preety Saikia also spoke on the occasion.