Cine awards kick off in culture hub Tezpur

The many facets of the Assamese film industry came alive at an exhibition at Bhupen Hazarika Kola Bhumi here this evening, launched as an introductory event to the 13th edition of the Prag Cine Awards Northeast 2016, powered by t2.

By PRANAB KUMAR DAS in Tezpur
  • Published 15.05.16
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The main stage at Tezpur Church Field. Telegraph picture

Tezpur, May 14: The many facets of the Assamese film industry came alive at an exhibition at Bhupen Hazarika Kola Bhumi here this evening, launched as an introductory event to the 13th edition of the Prag Cine Awards Northeast 2016, powered by t2.

The exhibition brought together some of the most remarkable examples of art produced by Assamese cinema till date. The event aims to recognise accomplishments of regional cinema and eminent film personalities of the Northeast, support them and inspire the aspiring lot.

Altogether 27 awards for Assamese films along with three awards for the Northeast - best film in Khasi, Manipuri and Arunachalee - will be presented at the event.

The two-day award function, which began at Tezpur Church Field this evening, is organised by AM Television, celebrating 81 years of cinema in the region starting with Joymoti in 1935, directed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

The choice of venue - Tezpur - makes the event extra special. The region's celluloid journey began from this cultural town, which is also the hometown of icons Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Phani Sarma and Bhupen Hazarika.

No wonder the town has been buzzing with celebrities not only from Assam, but also the rest of the Northeast, Tollywood and Bollywood. To name a few, actors Sunil Shetty and Dipannita Sharma, singers Meiyang Chang, Rani Hazarika and Anindita Paul will be present.

Assamese actor Nipon Goswami, who was present at the event, told The Telegraph, "It is an auspicious event because of the venue, Tezpur, the cultural capital of the Northeast. I'm elated to see Assamese cinema being promoted by this award."

More than 400 artiste, including singer Zubeen Garg, performed at the event today.

Angaraag Papon Mahanta will perform tomorrow.

Narain said Dipannita and sound engineer Amrit Pritam Dutta will be bestowed with the global icon award. "Veteran actress Vidya Rao will be given lifetime achievement award along with a prize money of Rs 75,000."

Cultural activist and Assamese film producer Shantanu Mahanta said, "This event not only recognises the contribution made by people to cinema, but also inspires the upcoming generation to work harder and revive the Assamese film industry and bring back the good old days."