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SL Goenka presented Phalke award

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 7 � For his devoted service to the Indian film industry as a film distributor, Shankar Lall Goenka � one of the pioneers in film distribution in Assam and the Northeast � was honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award at a function held on April 30 to mark the 141st birth anniversary of the �Father of Indian Cinema.�

Goenka received the award from veteran film actor Devanand.

Leading the film distribution sector in the Northeast including Assam, Goenka has been instrumental in the uplift of Assamese cinema, which is struggling hard for its survival, facilitating release of a number of Assamese films like Joymati, Aai Kot Nai, Jibon Bator Logori, Basundhara, Azan Fakir Saheb, among others.

In 1982, he also ventured into film production and produced the Assamese film Manasi, along with a partner, which was also produced in Oriya language as Agniparikha.

The award has come to him for his contribution in film distribution as a member of the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association. Apart from his 50 years long career in film distribution, he heads a social trust that gives �Life Time Achievement� award for cultural excellence, annually to a person associated with film making in North-East India.

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