GUWAHATI, Nov 24 – The Kamal Kumari National Awards for Art and Culture and Science and Technology 2011 were presented formally at a function here today. The Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism 2011 and Amit Barooah Award for Painting and Sculpture 2011, instituted by the Kamal Kumari Foundation, were also presented at the same function.
Noted anthropologist Prof Annada Charan Bhagabati gave away the awards to Heisnam Kanhailal, a leading theatre personality (Kamal Kumari National Award for Art and Culture), Prof Shri Krishna Joshi (Kamal Kumari National Award for Science and Technology), Dr MS Prabhakara (Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism) and Siva Prasad Marar (Amit Barooah Award for Painting and Sculpture).
Each of the Kamal Kumari National Awards and the Siva Prasad Barooah National Award consists of a shawl, a trophy, a citation and a cash amount of Rs 2 lakh. The Amit Barooah Award consists of a shawl, a trophy, a citation and a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh.
Accepting the award, Kanhailal said that it was recognition to his work. He has been practising a new kind of theatre, which is a blend of tradition, rigorous discipline and western approach. He said that he was on a mission to set up a centre for this kind of theatre. However, regrettably the Government of India is not aware of the need of extending any assistance to such ventures, nor does it feel the need to ask the corporate houses to assist in such ventures.
Prof Joshi, formerly a Professor of Physics at the University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee), said that teaching and research are two sides of a coin. Teaching without research is fraught with the danger of being stale.
Dr MS Prabhakara narrated his long time association with the North-east region, particularly Guwahati and Gauhati University, where he was a teacher for nearly 13 years before joining journalism. He described Assam as his second home State.
Siva Prasad Marar, a talented artist from Bishwanath Chariali, attributed his artistic creations to the inspirations he has drawn basically from the people and society of the tea garden areas of Assam. He said that the award would encourage the young artists of NE region to project the rich traditions of the region’s peoples.
Prof Bhagabati delivered the 13th Kamal Kumari Memorial Lecture on ‘Inter-cultural Relations’. Inter-cultural relationships have been transforming due to migration of people from various parts, he said, referring to the famous poem “Bharat Tirtha” of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
Dismissing the notion that prior to the advent of the Britishers, Indian peoples were alienated from each other as a patently wrong one, he said that if one dives into the folklores, the real picture of inter-cultural relations in the pre-British era would become clear.