GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - City-based general surgeon-cum-documentary filmmaker Dr Satyakam Phukan has won another award at the 12 Month International Film Festival (12MFF). Dr Phukan has been selected for the second best award for his direction of the documentary the Legacy of King Narak at the December 2017 edition of the Festival. The film has been produced under the banner of Dr Phukan’s ‘Ri-Mita Bolsabi’.
Earlier, Dr Phukan’s Garbage Bin Meals had won the second best documentary award for the month of May 2017 in the same festival held at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and the award for the best documentary in the Omichka International Film Festival held in December 2017, Omsk, Russia.
Dr Phukan’s Great Wall of Guwahati had won the third best documentary film award for the month of July in the same film festival. His Mother’s Gurdwara had won the best direction award at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Pune, while its cinematographer Raphael Warjri was also included in that award.
Giving the synopsis of the film, Dr Phukan said that in the Hindu mythology, asura or asur means demons, considered the antithesis of the gods. Narkasur or Narakasura is one such asur. In many places of India, Narkasur Chaturthi is celebrated with the burning of effigies of Narkasur. In other places, plays in traditional dance forms are enacted, depicting pieces on slaying of Narkasur. But, it is a different story altogether in Assam. This place is intricately associated with the legend of Narakasur, where his personality is treated with respect.
Narakasur is considered the founder of the kingdom of Kamrup, the older name of Assam. Narakasur, called ‘Narakaaxur’ in Assamese, is mentioned honourably as King Narak. The documentary depicts and discusses the way in which the personalities depicted as asurs in Hindu mythology are treated by the Assamese people, whose mindset and attitude differs significantly from other Indians of mainland India.
Although asur means demons to the Hindus, to the ancient Assyrians, asur meant God. Ahura is the name of God in Zoroastrianism. What is God to one, may be demon to other and vice-versa, and the concepts are interchangeable depending on one’s perception, said Dr Phukan.