Nirode Chaudhury, one of the most well known Assamese writers, has written many stories. A number of his works like ‘Chameli Memsaab’ and ‘Banahanxa’ have been made into classic movies. To offer tributes to this journalist-cum-writer-cum-critic, ‘Nirode-Samudra…’ a Nirode Chaudhury Foundation, had commemorated his 15th Death Anniversary on 10th February, 2016. On this prestigious occasion, to promote Assamese Media, Film and Television Industry, the Foundation presented the ‘Nirode Chaudhury Awards 2016’ by recognizing few Assamese Film & Television personalities & Journalists.
The award ceremony, held at Rudra Baruah Auditorium of Jyoti Chitraban, Guwahati, was graced by the presence of Binita Borgohain Mitra, the leading lady of Chameli Memsaab. The editor of Asom Bani, Dilip Chandan and eminent Assamese Movie director, Pulak Gogoi, also spoke of their feelings about Nirode Chaudhury. The Nirode Chaudhury life time achievement award was conferred on Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee for his contribution in the field of drama and movie, whereas veteran actor Nipon Goswami was presented the Nirode Chaudhury Award for his contribution in the field of Assamese cinema.
The other categories with the awardees were – Best film – Ahetuk (Raj Rani Production), Best director – Ashok Kumar Bishaya (Khel – The Game), Best actor – Ankur Kumar Bishaya (Khel – The Game), Best actress – Meghranjani (Anuradha), Best serial – Osin – Chinaki (Jonakk Channel), Best comedy serial – Beharbarir Outpost (Rengoni Channel), Best actor – Mridul Baruah (Dahan, Rang Channel), Best actress – Gayatree Mahanta (Osin-Chinaki, Jonakk Channel), Best comedy actor – Siddhartha Sharma (Beharbarir Outpost, Rengoni Channel), Popular comedy actor – Deepjyoti Keot (Beharbarir Outpost, Rengoni Channel) and Pranab Baruah (Moromor Potni, Jonakk Channel), Best supporting actresses – Sagarika Goswami (Bharaghar, Rang Channel) and Moni Bordoloi (Xahu-Bowari, Rang Channel) and special award of serial – Chameli Memsaab (Rang Channel).
In the field of cine journalism, Best film critic – Utpal Dutta, Best cine journalist (Print media) – Prafulla Kumar Dutta, Best cine journalist (Electronic media) – Gautam Hazarika (DY 365). The cine journalist (Youth) award went to Hemanta Sarma and Kalyan Kumar Kalita. On this occasion a Souvenir titled ‘Nirode-Smaran’, conceptualized and edited by Pankaj Kumar Dutta, was also released. The souvenir contains the life-history of this multi talented person with some limited photographs that will allow a closer understanding of the person. The ‘Nirode Chaudhury Foundation’, which had organized the Nirode Chaudhury Awards for the first time, has decided to continue it as an annual event.