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Sankaradeva Award presented
Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presenting the Srimanta Sankaradeva Award 2014 to former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Kanak Sen Deka in Guwahati on Wednesday. Pranab Swarup Neog (L) received the award for 2011 on behalf of ML Varadpandey. – AT Photo
 GUWAHATI, Feb 3 - Noted scholar ML Varadpandey and veteran journalist Kanak Sen Deka were honoured with the prestigious Srimanta Sankaradeva Award by the Assam Government at a function held at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts this evening.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the award to the distinguished personalities.

While researcher and theatre historian Varadpandey got the award for the year 2011, Deka got the award for the year 2014. The award carries a citation, Rs 3 lakh and a gold medal.

Varadpandey, however, could not attend the function due to ill health and Pranab Swarup Neog received the award on his behalf and read out the written acceptance speech of the scholar.

Addressing the function, the Chief Minister said that the Government is contemplating naming the State Government bhawans in the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva. Gogoi said Srimanta Sankaradeva was a great reformer and the namghars set up by him were centres of Assamese culture.

Gogoi said that the ideals and outlook of Srimanta Sankaradeva should be spread not only to other parts of India but to the entire world as he was a great ‘unifier’. He also assured government help to the Sankar Sangha.

The function was attended among others by Cultural Affairs Minister Bismita Gogoi and Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia.

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