GUWAHATI, March 9 - In an extended International Women�s Day programme, three talented young ladies namely Alisha Khan, Kismat Bano and Nafisa Sadiq will be felicitated with the �Star of the North East� award at a function to be held at the Scholar School, Satgaon-Narengi in the city on March 13.
�Star of the North East� is a civil society initiative to hunt, showcase and promote the budding talents of the State in general, and those belonging to the minority community in particular.
Alisha Khan, besides taking part in a number of state and national level sports events, was the State champion in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics for 12 consecutive years from 1996 to 2007. At present she is one of the Assam State 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 the 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 representing Assam by participating in the 12th Sub-Junior National Rowing Championship 2009 held at Pune. Eventually, Nafisa became the first rower from Assam to represent the country. Nafisa Sadiq 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. Nafisa made a national record in the Junior National Rowing Championship 2015 when she won the gold medal in the single scull event to become the fastest junior woman rower in India for three consecutive years.
The event on March 13 is being supported by Unity Education Foundation with a view to encouraging young talents of the State.