GUWAHATI, Feb 22 � The Pranab Barua Art Award was presented to noted artist and filmmaker Pulak Gogoi today at a function held here at the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium. The award instituted for recognizing the contribution of artists and sculptors carries a citation, a plaque and Rs 25,000.
Cultural luminaries who attended the award giving function while commenting on the recent spurt in award constitution and presentation in the State, appealed for introducing a system in this aspect so that the real purpose of the award is served.
Writer Harekrishna Deka who presented the award said that concerted efforts have not been made both at the official as well as private level to promote art and artists and insisted that the government come forward and manage the marketing side of art.
Deka in his address dwelt on several aspects of art including the aesthetics and social commitment of art. �All genres of art are related to one another by a common thread and that is through the aesthetic appeal that they create for the observers,� he said emphasizing on the social message that all forms of art should carry.
�Aestheticism is not an isolated feature of art. Rather it thrives on social life,� said Deka adding that art in the State has successfully performed its social duty and retained its universal appeal.
Deka also recalled his association with Pranab Barua and described the late artist as a self effacing man.
Birendra Nath Datta speaking on the occasion narrated the art movement in the State and the contributions of different groups and individuals to the movement.
In his acceptance speech, Pulak Gogoi took a drive down memory lane recollecting his friendship with the stalwarts like Jayanta Hazarika, Pranab Barua and others. Acknowledging that Pranab Barua had been a great source of inspiration in his life, Gogoi said that he learned to see beauty through his association with the late artist. �I still feel his presence in my life,� he said.
An album of the selected works of Pranab Barua was also released on the occasion.