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Assamese musician wins Bronze

Bangalore based Assamese musician Jim Ankan Deka's music video 'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence' has won the Bronze Medal at the 'Global Music Awards - 2014' held at San Diego, California. Aawaz is the only video from India which was nominated for the event.
 
'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence', the music video, was released online in June, 2013 with an aim to sensitize people of various social evils like sexual violence, child abuse and marital rape, Since its release, the song had won four awards including Best Music and Best Music Video at three international film festivals. 

The song was originally composed for a rally in Bangalore in 2012 following the death of the Delhi gang rape victim. The lyrics of the song are penned together by Jim Ankan and singer Ritwika Bhattacharya from Ranchi, Jharkhand. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (2009) finalist Antara Nandy from Kolkata has rendered her vocals to this cause along with Ritwika and Queen Hazarika, another famous singer and actor from Assam

The music video is directed by Bangalore based writer and director Parmita Borah. Parmita Borah along with Antara Baruah and Rachel Rose Oommen acted in the video which includes three short stories dealing with violence against single as well as married women and child abuse. This collaborative project involves noted artists from across India.

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CM must take responsibility: AIUDF

13 Aug 2012 - 2:11am | editor

AIUDF has asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to bear responsibility for the incident. Party president Badruddin Ajmal said that the law and order machinery in the state has failed and Gogoi as the chief minister has to bear the responsibility for this. The condition of the minorities affected in the violence was pathetic and they would not be able to return to their respective homes from the camps by August 15 as most are still traumatised.

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Guwahati Literary Festival 2014 (GLF2014), DEC 27-29
22 Dec 2014 - 3:19pm | AT News

28th Guwahati Book Fair and Literary Festival 2014 at the Assam Engineering Institute ground from Dec 25 - Jan 5.

The Literary Fest will be held on December 27-29. Few session will be available live on the Internet.

PUBLICATION BOARD, ASSAM
Guwahati Literary Festival 2014 (GLF2014), DEC 27-29
VENUE: NEDFi HOUSE, DISPUR, GUWAHATI

Event Photos

 

DAY ONE: 27/12/2014 (see report here: English/Assamese)

TIME

SESSIONS

PARALLEL SESSIONS

09-9:30am

Registration by participants

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09:30-10:00am

Literary Festival Launch

 

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10:00-11:30am

CONVERSATION: Shifting Sands of history: Remembering and forgetting

NAMITA GOKHALE   in conversation with Pushpesh Pant,  C P Surendran, Manorama Sarma, Pradip Sarma and Chandan kumar Sarma

PANEL: Short stories: My world, my writing

Moderator: PRASANTA RAJGURU

Panelists: Rabi Thapa, Arupa Patangia Kalita, Debabrata Das, Robin Sarma, Bipul Khataniar and  Prasanta Kumar Das

11:30-11:45

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

11:45-1:15pm

PANEL: Resisting stereotypes: Writing in Northeast

Moderator: ARUP KUMAR DUTTA

Panelists: Mamang Dai, Prabhat Bora, Janice Pariat and Dhruba  Hazarika,

PANEL: SHADOWS OF SELF: Being a poet in NE

Moderator: HARE  KRISHNA DEKA

Panelists: Robin Ngangom, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih,  Gyan Pujari,Sameer Tanti,Nilim Kumar, Anupama Basumatary and Tapati Baruah Kashyap

01:15-2:00pm

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

02-03:30pm

CONVERSATION: North East India: On the map, off the mind (Altering perceptions through history and literature)

SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP in conversation with Mark Tully, Arnab Goswami, John Elliott and Rahul Bhattacharya

 

03:30-03:45pm

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

03:45-04:30pm

TALK: Remembering Indira Goswami

Chair: NAMITA GOKHALE

Speaker: MITRA PHUKAN

PANEL: Is there a North-East identity?

Moderator: UDDIPANA GOSWAMI

Panelists:  Mausami Kandali, Bibhash Choudhury, Janice Pariat, Kaushik Deka and Manjit Barua

04:30-05:30pm

PANEL: Myth, society and storytelling

Moderator: DR. BIRENDRA NATH DUTTA

Panelis­ts: Neelesh Misra, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih and Imran Hussain

PANEL: Emerging trends in fiction

Chair: JERRY PINTO

Co-Chair- Phanindra kumar Dev Choudhury

Panelists: Ankush Saikia, Janice Pariat, Anjali Joseph and Pankaj Govinda Medhi,

05:30-06:00pm                                                                                        Transportation to Book Fair venue

06:00-07:30pm                        TALK: Why the nation ought to know Chair: Dhruba Jyoti Borah Speaker: Arnab Goswami

DAY TWO: 28/12/2014 (full day report)

TIME

SESSIONS

PARALLEL SESSIONS

09:30-10:30am

Mark Tully in conversation with John Elliott

 The poetic gaze

Chair: HIRENDRA NATH DUTTA; Co-chair: ROBIN NGANGOM

Panel: Sananta Tanty ,Bipuljyoti Saikia, Anubhab Tulasi, Nilima Thakuria Haque, Rajib Baruah, Gangamohan Mili ,Bijoy Sankar Barman and Kamal Kumar  Tati

10:30-11:30am

CONVERSATION: Women’s narratives: The personal is political

Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Tilottoma Mishra,  Arupa Patangia Kalita and Nandana Dutta

11:30-11:45

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

11:45-1:15pm

CONVERSATION: Interrogating social reality through cartoons

EP UNNY in conversation with Salam Khan, Pankaj Thapa and Champak Borbora

CONVERSATION: Weaving memories: Writing, remembering

Nagen Saikia  in conversation with Apurba Sarma and Sabita Goswami

 

01:15-2pm

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

02-3:30pm

PANEL: Publishing the new dynamics: Seeking voices

Moderator: MANAS PRATIM SAIKIA

Panelists: C P Surendran, Preeti Gill, Bhaskar Dutta Baruah, Simar Puneet and Aditi Maheshwari,

PANEL: The world of short fiction

Moderator: ANURADHA SARMA PUJAREE

Panelists: Ratna Bharali Talukdar, Banti Senchoa, Anamika Bora , Sanjeev Pol Deka,Apu Varadwaj and Pranjal Sarma Basistha

03:30-03:45pm

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

03:45-04:30pm

TALK: Changing social and cultural trends in China with focus on writing

Chair: PUSPESH PANT

Speaker-Alka Acharya

TALK: Conversation of a poet with self: Ode to Amrita Pritam

Chair: ARUPA PATANGIA KALITA

Speaker: Nirupama Dutt

04:30-05:15pm

PANEL: Northeast: Beyond conflict

Moderator: ­SANJOY HAZARIKA

Panelists: Rahul Bhattacharya, Aruni Kashyap, Monalisa Changkija, Uddipana Goswami and Kaushik Deka

CONVERSATION: Playwrights at work

DULAL ROY  in conversation with Sukracharya Rabha, Saponjyoti Thakur and Pabitra Rabha

05:15-6:00pm                                                                                         Transportation to Book Fair venue

06:00-07:30pm                                             Live Storytelling and Song performance by Neelesh Misra at the Book Fair venue

 

 

DAY THREE: 29/12/2014 (Full day report)

TIME

SESSIONS

PARALLEL SESSIONS

 

PANEL: Northeast: From World War to wars within

Moderator: SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP

Panelists: Easterine Kire, Govinda Prasad Sarma ,Siddhartha Sarma and Pradip Phanjoubam,

CONVERSATION: Tuning into literature: Music and literature

MITRA PHUKAN in conversation with Akhu, Rakhshanda Jalil and Loknath Goswami.

10:00-11:30am

11:30-11:45

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

11:45-01:15pm

PANEL: In the shadow of the gun: Literature from a conflict zone

Moderator: ARINDAM BORKATAKI

Panelists: Megan Kachari, Pranati Deka, Anurag Mahanta, Raktim Sarma, Arpan Saikia and Gobinda Basumatary.

PANEL: Not lost in translation: Building bridges

Moderator: ANTARA DEV SEN

Panelists: D N Bezbaruah ,Madan Sarma, Tribeni Goswami Mathur,  Bipul Deuri, Deep Saikia and Somak Ghoshal

01:15-2:00pm

Lunch break

 

02:00-3:30pm

CONVERSATION: Indigenous literatures: Writing roots

Tabu Ram Taid in conversation with  Bijoya Sawian and  Anil Boro .

PANEL: Wildlife and writing

Moderator: ARUP KUMAR DUTTA

Panelists: Soumyadeep Dutta, Anwaruddin Choudhury, Abhijit Rabha and Shiela Bora.

03:30-3:45pm

TEA BREAK

TEA BREAK

03:45-4:30pm

TALK: Progressive trends in Urdu literature

Chair: NAMITA GOKHALE

Talk: Rakhshanda Jalil

Poet NIRUPAMA DUTT in conversation with Balinder Dhanoa and others.

04:30-5:15pm

TALK: Art of the novel today

Chair: DHRUBAJYOTI BORA

Talk: JERRY PINTO

Film Show on Bhupen Hazarika and Jadav Payeng.

05:15-6:00pm                                                                                                     Transportation to Book Fair venue

06:00-7:30pm                                                                                       Kavita Seth’s concert: Soulful Sufi evening

 

 

DAY FOUR: 30/12/2014

06:00-7:30pm            IMPHAL TAKIES CONCERT (Book Fair Venue)

 

 

*Please note ,this programme is subject to last- minute changes.

For more pictures  and day by day reports (free), please contact us at editor@assamtimes.org

Browse through the Event photos here..

 

 

llegal encroachment along the forest would be checked: Pramila Rani

27 May 2016 - 8:16pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Assam Minister for Forest and Environment Pramila Rani Brahma has vowed that illegal encroachment along the forest across the state would be checked and measures be taken to the greater interest to protect forest and wildlife.

Brahma reached today around 11.30 am in Kokrajhar at her constituency after taking oath as Cabinet Minister where party leader,member and welwishers accorded warm welcome her at BPF party office and at her residence at Bagansali along the RNB Road. Brahma’s house was decorated with beautiful colouring of flower, and fire crackers were also bursted on the arrival of minister. Brahma reaching her residence offered prayer to the almighty god besides offereing homage to her husband late Nani Gopal Brahma in front of her home. Government officials from Forest and Soil conservation departments also felicitated minister with traditional Aronai,Gamocha,boquet,flower in a merry making moment where a band party displayed their welcome band to the minister’s arrival.She said that she would stress to the safe and protection of natural beauty of the Forest and famous one-horned rhino would be protected at any cost. She said that illegal encroachment along the forest area in the state would be checked and strong measures will be initiated to the greater interest of the state.

Pramila Rani Brahma,Assam Forest Minister said that protection of forest and rhino is the prime priority of her ministry and illegal encroachment in the forest land would checked, no compromise during her tenure.

“I am very concern about deforestation in the state, I have a dreamt to protect forest,wildlife and rhino because Assam state has been regarded very much famous for rhino across the world. We must safe beautiful forest and rare one-horned rhino at any cost. I will coordinate with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while taking measures towards protection and safeguard of the natural resources to gain state’s integration in days to coming”, she said.