GUWAHATI, Oct 6 - The Tarun Duvarah Memorial Oil India Award 2015 presented by Gauhati Artists� Guild were given to eminent actor and director Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee and renowned visual artist Sonaram Nath at a function held here today.
State Minister of Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi presented the awards to both the distinguished personalities. Each of the awards carry a phulam gamosa, seleng sador, a memento, citation and a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh.
A pioneering personality with immense contributions in the fields of theatre, literature, film and radio, Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee is a versatile artiste. Apart from his contributions in theatre and television, he has also worked for All India Radio.
In his acceptance speech, Bhattacharjee said that recognition to one in the form of awards always encourages the artistes to contribute more with renewed enthusiasm.
Paving his way into the world of creative art from Shantiniketan, where he pursued Fine Arts, Sonaram Nath is a doyen of both painting and sculpture.
After receiving the award, Nath thanked the organisers for their endeavour to honour the artistes. He however, expressed concern at the new generations� lack of interest in the fine arts. �Our children pass out of colleges with high degree but even without the basic knowledge of the fine arts. The impact of this trend is visible in society today,� he said.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Bismita Gogoi threw light on the life and works of Tarun Duvarah. �Inclined towards painting since his childhood, Duvarah flourished as an artist, and also excelled in other fields like dance, drama, music and acting, specially at a time when there was no conducive atmosphere for such talents,� she said. She assured that the State Government would take immediate steps for preserving the remaining painting works of Tarun Duvarah.
Sudha Duvarah, wife of the late Duvarah also spoke on the occasion. Dhruv Deka, working president of Gauhati Artists� Guild delivered the welcome address. Rahul Choudhury, Group General Manager (Pipeline) of the Oil India Limited also thanked the organisers for initiating such an award-promoting art and culture in the society. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.