DIBRUGARH, Jan 23 - A screening of a documentary on the life and work of Tilak Dowerah at the Amolapatty Natya Mandir here last Sunday evening marked the formal closure of the birth centenary celebrations of the extraordinary artiste and entrepreneur. The jam-packed audience at the auditorium reflected the popularity of Dowerah, who was born in 1917 and breathed his last in 1983.
For the artistes of Assam associated with drama and films, Tilak Dowerah was one of the front runners of the acting brigade. He was both an actor and a director, and was especially adept at script editing and scene visualization, according to his admirers. As a personality who had worked with Jyotiprasad Agarwala, Bishnu Rabha and Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Dowerah has had all the right credentials. He was also a technical person who knew about lighting and sound recording.
As an entrepreneur, Dowerah introduced city buses in Dibrugarh way back in 1956. His son, Pradip Dowerah said those days the vehicles had to be insured with a company based in Madras (now Chennai). Dowerah during the Second World War had set up a radio shop in Park Street of Kolkata, after getting trained in radio engineering. It was during those days that he came into contact with film industry personalities and ever since, took keen interest in film and drama production. He came back to Dibrugarh and started his cultural innings. The films and drama he was associated with include Rupalim, Sangram, Dr Bezbaruah, Lalita, and Baruar Sansar.