GUWAHATI, July 31 � The Natasurya Phani Sarma Award 2012 and the Sahityacharya Atul Chandra Hazarika Award 2012, instituted by the Government of Assam, were conferred on noted actor Bishnu Khargharia and well-known producer of mobile theatre Krishna Roy respectively.
The awards were presented to the distinguished citizens at a function held at Rabindra Bhawan here today.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the awards that carry Rs one lakh each in cheque and a citation.
Actor Bishnu Khargharia, who has played many memorable and powerful roles in Assamese films including the famed Sagaroloi Bohudur, expressed his happiness and said that this award would always be a motivating factor in his life.
Later, talking to The Assam Tribune, Khargharia said that he also enjoyed being part of amateur theatre and stressed the need for promoting amateur theatre.
�I consider this award as a blessing from Natasurya,� said the actor, adding that with this blessing he would carry on with his work with renewed determination to give a strong footing to amateur theatre that has introduced new ideas and presentation technique within limited resources.
Accepting the honour, producer of Awahan Theatre, Krishna Roy said that he was very happy because this award was an acknowledgement of the contribution of mobile theatre towards the socio-cultural aspect of the State. He offered his respects to two stalwarts of the State, Achyut Lahkar and Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia who had contributed towards blossoming and flourishing of mobile theatre in their own ways.
�I thank everyone and as a theatre activist, I feel that this honour will give an impetus to the mobile theatre movement in the State,� said Roy, adding that this was a proud moment for mobile theatre in the State that has been providing entertainment, experimentation as well as social messages to all category of theatre lovers by staging performances across the State.
Awahan Theatre, which is a familiar name among mobile theatre viewers, has many hits to its credit including the Bhul Nubujiba Bhupenda.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in his address to the gathering, said that literature and theatre were powerful vehicles to spread the message of peace, unity and amity and to score over all evils like fratricidal clashes and every form of violence.
The function was attended by many eminent citizens including Minister of Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan.