GUWAHATI, Jan 17: The Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala Natya Utsav began today at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, a press release stated.

Among the main features of the programme today was the felicitation of eminent personalities associated with the art and cultural field of the State. Among those felicitated were: eminent film director Manju Bora, dramatist Dulal Roy, drama critic, Dr Pona Mahanta, Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department Preetom Saikia, actress Purnima Saikia, Avinash Sarma, Angoorlata Deka and Sudarshan Thakur, secretary, Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Samaj. Rich tributes were also paid to Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala. The welcome speech was delivered by Sudarshan Thakur while Manju Bora inaugurated the festival. The drama, Karengor Ligiri was presented as the first play of the festival.