GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – The Swabhab Shilpi Amulya Kakati Memorial Award for the year 2013 was conferred on artist and eminent cartoonist Trailokya Dutta today at a function organized at Vivekananda Kendra.
The award has been instituted in the name of noted artiste and theatre personality Amulya Kakati by the Student-artiste-litterateur Welfare Trust of the All Guwahati Students’ Union.
Pro-Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury presented the award to Dutta, which carried a memento designed by noted sculptor Biren Singha, a shawl, gamosa and a cash award.
Trailokya Dutta started his career in 1952 in Guwahati and in the year 1964 he joined the Assam Tribune Group. His box cartoon Kahundi in the Dainik Asam enjoyed immense popularity among the readers. After retirement also he has been contributing cartoons to many newspapers. He is also publishing a magazine named Shristi, since 1975.
Speaking on the occasion he said that the award in the name of Amulya Kakati, given by the students’ body has inspired him to continue his work. “Artistes do not need pity, but the love of the people,” he said, lauding the effort of the students’ body towards working for the welfare of artiste, litterateur and students.
Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, while speaking on the occasion said that the society should always honour artistes and littérateurs as they prepare the society to face the challenges of the world. He also requested the students’ body to arrange for an exhibition of Trailokya Dutta’s work.
Earlier, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya, advisor of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) said that the trust has been working for preservation of the rare gramophone records which have been collected by eminent scholar Dr Anil Saikia, principal of Moran College.
“Amulya Kakati was not just deeply associated with the cultural activities of the students’ union, but he guided us throughout the Assam Movement days. He was also the founder member of the welfare trust Along with being a good actor; he was also an excellent playwright,” he said.
Some of the television plays directed by Kakati are Heibate, Kuhiramar Prem, Dhole Dagare etc. His documentary All Alone If Need Be on the life of Sarat Chandra Singha won the National Rajat Kamal Award in 1986.