|CM greeted on birthday|
Filmmaker Timothi Das Hanse, along with Malaya Goswami, Dinesh Das and Shyamantika Sarma, met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on October 11 and greeted him on the occasion of his birthday. The team apprised the Chief Minister of the problems of the Assamese film industry. Gogoi assured them of all possible help for its development on behalf of the Government of Assam.
|Adda short film festival|
As in previous five years, Adda has organised the sixth Annual Adda Short Film Festival on December 5 and 6 at Rabindra Bhawan. Short filmmakers can send films of 15 minutes duration or less for two sections — ‘short film’ and ‘animation’. Adda has also announced two awards – one for ‘best film’ and another for ‘talent of the year’. The best film will be given the annual Jiten Pathak Memorial Award that carries Rs 10,000 and a citation, while the ‘talent of the year’ will be given the jury’s certificate. The cash has been offered by Balindrajit Pathak, managing director of Nest Video Editing Pvt Ltd in memory of Jiten Pathak, founder director of the firm. The films should be in mini DV format with synopsis within 50 words, biodata of the director and two copies of his passport size photo, and two still photographs. Other details may be downloaded from Adda’s website www.addafilmfest.webs. The last date for submission is November 14.
|New film Bidya Sapat|
Preparations for a new Assamese feature film titled Bidya Sapat are going on with story, screenplay and direction by Atul V Baishya. Baishya had training in filmmaking at an institute in Orissa and worked as chief assistant director in the films Deuta, Pani, I Killed Him Sir and Abhishapta Prem. Besides assisting Bhaben Saikia in his TV serials in the 1990s, Baishya has produced and directed about 30 documentaries and 25 TV serials. The shooting of the comedy film will start in the coming new year. Akshay Rajkhowa is the executive producer of Bidya Sapat.
A cultural show with prominent artistes from the State and Kolkata has been organised at Kaliabor on November 14 under the auspices of Purboday, a local cultural organisation. The artistes from the State include Sudakshina Sarma, Sangeeta Kakati, Anjanjyoti Chowdhury, Anima Choudhury, JP Das and others, while West Bengal would be represented by well-known folk singers Gangadhar Mandal and Tulika Mandal. Jina Rajkumari, a reputed folk singer of the State will present a series of folk songs. Actress Chetana Das will attend as special invitee.
After gaining a good response from the public to the first and second part of Bihu-based video Moinajan, the third part was recently completed. Jadumoni Dutta has directed the third part with story, script and dialogue by Dipak Gogoi. Jayanta Sonowal has scored the music, with songs sung by Zubeen Garg, Nirmali, Bhitali, Chayanika Bhuyan and Krishnamoni Nath. Jiten Bora has handled the camera. The romantic lead has been played by Aaimee Barua and Raag Oinitam. One of the highlights of the video will be performance by four popular comedians — Chetana Das, Arun Hazarika, Atul Pachani and Pabitra Barua. Moinajan will be released on November 1.
Sewali Maloibari, a newcomer to the stage and screen, has made a mark by portraying different kinds of challenging roles. In the plays presented this year by Bhagyadevi Theatre, Sewali has performed in Deutar Paduli Uduli Muduli, with dance and action, the negative role of Nikita in Milonmala, the critical character of Lucy in Pas Paisar Prithivi and as a simple mother in Phul Toi Nufulo Kiyo. She has been regularly appearing on stage, films, TV serials and video films. Recently, she has played the role of a major female character in Guwahati DD’s serial Sir. The 5’-7” actress holds much promise for the future.
Apurba Kumar Das