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Glowing tributes paid to Altaf Mazid

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GUWAHATI, April 30 - Speakers paid glowing tributes to noted filmmaker Altaf Mazid � who passed away on April 13 at Bangaluru, following a massive cardiac arrest at the age of 59 � at a function named �Montage ot Altaf� at the Kanaklal Borooah Auditorium of the Assam State Museum here last evening.

Mazid was always in the search for an innovative style to narrate the contents of his films. He always craved out-of-the-box ideas and was constantly engaging himself in presenting things in a poetic manner. He was an ardent fan of short story writer Saurav Kumar Chaliha and the writer with his unique style of telling stories influenced Altaf Mazid immensely.

Mazid always tried to create an encouraging atmosphere for the members of the young generation.

He will remain alive in the memory of the people of Assam with his digitisation of the available footage of the first Assamese film Jaymoti and the short stories of Saurav Kumar Chaliha, said the speakers.

Though Mazid initially maintained a different approach on any topic at the beginning of any discussion, he never stuck to his opinion dogmatically and in the course of discussion he liberally accepted the views of others too, said the speakers narrating their long association with the late filmmaker.

The meeting, conducted by noted theatre personality Nayan Prasad, was addressed by playwright, stage director and a leading Indian People�s Theatre Association (IPTA) activist Naren Patgiri, story writer Kula Saikia, story writer and film critic Bitopan Barbara, thespian Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee, CPI-M leader Uddhav Barman, story writer Debabrata Das, Altaf Mazid�s classmate at the Assam Engineering College Nirmal Gogoi and Khanin Talukdar.

A souvenir � Montage ot Altaf � brought out by the organisers of the function was released by noted thespian and president of the Guwahati unit of the IPTA Anil Das. Mazid was associated with the IPTA since his student days.

A short film on the filmmaker titled Montage ot Altaf, based on his interview taken by his assistant director and editor Dorendra Singh and also the montage of the films made by him, was screened at the function. This was followed by the screening of Mazid�s short film Las Vegasot Barasun.

The function, which was organised jointly by the Guwahati unit of the IPTA, Pragjyoti Cultural Society, Gauhati Cine Club, Surya, Saurav Kumar Chaliha Fan Society and family members and friends of Altaf Mazid, was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life.

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Glowing tributes paid to Altaf Mazid

GUWAHATI, April 30 - Speakers paid glowing tributes to noted filmmaker Altaf Mazid � who passed away on April 13 at Bangaluru, following a massive cardiac arrest at the age of 59 � at a function named �Montage ot Altaf� at the Kanaklal Borooah Auditorium of the Assam State Museum here last evening.

Mazid was always in the search for an innovative style to narrate the contents of his films. He always craved out-of-the-box ideas and was constantly engaging himself in presenting things in a poetic manner. He was an ardent fan of short story writer Saurav Kumar Chaliha and the writer with his unique style of telling stories influenced Altaf Mazid immensely.

Mazid always tried to create an encouraging atmosphere for the members of the young generation.

He will remain alive in the memory of the people of Assam with his digitisation of the available footage of the first Assamese film Jaymoti and the short stories of Saurav Kumar Chaliha, said the speakers.

Though Mazid initially maintained a different approach on any topic at the beginning of any discussion, he never stuck to his opinion dogmatically and in the course of discussion he liberally accepted the views of others too, said the speakers narrating their long association with the late filmmaker.

The meeting, conducted by noted theatre personality Nayan Prasad, was addressed by playwright, stage director and a leading Indian People�s Theatre Association (IPTA) activist Naren Patgiri, story writer Kula Saikia, story writer and film critic Bitopan Barbara, thespian Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee, CPI-M leader Uddhav Barman, story writer Debabrata Das, Altaf Mazid�s classmate at the Assam Engineering College Nirmal Gogoi and Khanin Talukdar.

A souvenir � Montage ot Altaf � brought out by the organisers of the function was released by noted thespian and president of the Guwahati unit of the IPTA Anil Das. Mazid was associated with the IPTA since his student days.

A short film on the filmmaker titled Montage ot Altaf, based on his interview taken by his assistant director and editor Dorendra Singh and also the montage of the films made by him, was screened at the function. This was followed by the screening of Mazid�s short film Las Vegasot Barasun.

The function, which was organised jointly by the Guwahati unit of the IPTA, Pragjyoti Cultural Society, Gauhati Cine Club, Surya, Saurav Kumar Chaliha Fan Society and family members and friends of Altaf Mazid, was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life.