In today’s age, there is a tendency among the youth to get addicted to drugs as well as misusing popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, some cultural lovers of the current generation have shown interest towards the development of Assamese Art and Culture. With their help, a mobile theatre group has made a Facebook page named ‘Facebook Samannay Mobile Theatre Group’. This group is presently working for the upliftment of the Mobile Theatre, one of the top most cultural industries of Assam. This popular Facebook group is meant to promote Assamese Mobile Theatre. This group presented the ‘Facebook Samannay MTG Award 2016’ for the first time on 21st May and was held at the District Library, Guwahati.
The award ceremony was hosted by senior journalist Manoranjan Kalita. The awards were presented in the memory of various cultural activists of Assam who fought hard for the Assamese culture. It was categorized into 13 different sections and the selection was done through voting. The ‘Prasanta Hazarika and Ila Kakati Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award’ was awarded to Bhabesh Baruah for his contribution in the field of Mobile Theatre. After receiving the award, the veteran actor said that if he is still alive, it is because of the love and respect of the Assamese people and that is why he can’t retire from acting though he has decided to do it many times. He also added that, only the blood of youth will keep this culture alive.
On the other hand, three special people named Parama Kalita, Haren Das and Khagen Sharma was presented the ‘Chakradhar Deka – Rabin Neog Memorial Award’ for their contribution in the field of Assamese Mobile Theatre. The other categories and awardees were:
‘Mahendra Borthakur Memorial Award’ for best drama – ‘Ramleela’, ‘Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia Memorial’ for best story – Mor Facebookot Tumi, ‘Mahananda Sharma Memorial’ for best actor – Prasenjit Borah, ‘Aaidew Xandikoy Memorial’ for best actress – Kabita Chutia, ‘Maya Barman Memorial’ for best actor in comic role – Madhav Dutta, ‘Xarbesar Rajbongshi Memorial’ for best actor in negative role – Nirmal Dutta and Parag Sharma, ‘Sada Lahkar Memorial’ for best team of theatre – Theatre Bhagyadevi, ‘Sarat Majumdar Memorial’ for best producer – Pankaj Hazarika, ‘Bishnu Prasad Rabha Memorial’ for best choreographer – Ratul Das, ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Memorial’ for best music – Tarali Sharma, ‘Aaidya Sharma (Guruji) Memorial’ for best art-direction – Paplu, ‘Best Action Director’ – Pradhan Deuri, ‘Best Actor Newcomer’ – Sankar Rajkhowa and Best Actress Newcomer’ – Kasturi Phukan. On this occasion, the annual mouthpiece of the group titled ‘Samannay’ which was conceptualized and edited by cine-journalist Kalyan Kumar Kalita, was released by renowned director and story teller of Assamese Mobile Theatre Abhijit Bhattacharya and the editor himself.
The award ceremony was graced by Najrul Islam, Subodh Majumdar, Dulumoni Das, Swagata Baruah, Munmi Kalita, Chinmoy Kotoky, Binoy Deka, Jeffry Bakshi, Jogesh Kashyap, Frenkey Baruah, Gunjan Choudhury, Mitul Balaji, Anjanjyoti Bez, Niranjan Das, Hemanga Raj, Jayanta Jiwan Baruah, Spandan Gogoi, Kamal Rewati, Simanta Kashyap and many other popular actor-actress, directors and story-tellers of Assamese Cultural Industry, were felicitated by the group. The group’s work was highly appreciated by the audiences present at the Award Ceremony. The ‘Facebook Samannay Mobile Theatre Group’, which had organized the ‘Facebook Samannay M.T.G. Awards’ for the first time, has decided to continue it as an annual event.