Singer, songwriter, composer Jim Ankan Deka has been awarded Renault Free The MusicAward. The young music prodigy from Assam is the youngest son of celebratedAssamese litterateur of Awahon-Ramdhenu Era, pioneer Assam economist and heritage scholar Prof Bhabananda Deka and pioneer lady radio playwright, storywriter and children’s magazine editor late Nalini Prava Deka. The awardee has already received laurels globally for his highly acclaimed Hindi-Assamese music album as a tribute to Delhi gang-rape victim ‘Aawaz : Speak Up Against Sexual Violence’ and also performed live together with top international music bands including ‘Michael Learns to Rock’ from Britain, ‘Orphaned Land’ from Israel and ‘Deep Forest’ from France in company of music legends like Grammy winner Eric Mouquet. Incidentally, a broad spectrum of Indian and international musicians have already recorded music and performed under the baton of Jim Ankan Deka, who has to his credit several English, Assamese, Kannada, Bengali, Hindi, Nagamese, Khasi, Mizo and Goalporiya song albums.
Bangalore and Shillong based Jim Ankan Deka was a self-taught musician and had been performing from the age of three. He was also professionally trained in the Assamese Vaisnavite music of Borgeet and playing with khol during his childhood. From early teens he had been assisting in film direction, and was the chiefassistant director of several documentary films including Assam Sahitya Sabha, Srimanta Sankardev and under-production full-length docu-feature biopic film Moi Eti Zazabor jointly directed by late Waesqurni Bora and Arnab Jan Deka, which is based on the life of legendary musician and Columbia University(New York) scholar Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Jim Ankan Deka brought out his first musical album Tumi Kowa Kothabor—The Things You Said in 1999 as an eighteen year old teenage prodigy with his own lyrics and composition. He shifted base to Bangalore in 2006 and set up his independent music studio and formed two music bands called Eastern Fare and Veenar, and has been composing songs and performing all overIndia and beyond. His pan-Indian and international musical foray had manifested in several albums of fusion music between Assamese and Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and English. He is also involved in trans-continental documentary film productions making his directorial debut with an Indo-American joint-venture film Nagaland : Journey Through the Choir of Clouds.
Artiste Jim Ankan Deka’s latest musical achievement at global stage has brought in boundless joy on the upcoming festive Bihu season in Assam and the entire North EastIndia.
A two day international seminar on the topic of 'Orality:the quest for meaning' was concluded today Bodoland University in Kokrajhar district witnesses of participation from abroad scholar and professors from different university and colleges across the country.
BTC Deputy Chief Kampa Borgoyary graced aschief guest on the concluding day of the seminar today. Borgoyary, in his speech appreciated the seminar organized in a successful manner which gathered participation from abroad and countryside, which was organized by department of English, Bodoland University. He said that the seminar has stressed to the building of orality integration among all sections of communities. 'It is a good sign of sustaining suitable environment by successfully organized of international seminar in the heart of BTC. I thanked all participants and scholar from abroad and country in particular in the seminar', Borgoyary said.
Prof . John Zomke, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, Prof.Ulo Valk, University of Tartu, Estonia, Prof. Maria Enes Palleiro, University of Buenos Aieres, Argentina, Dr. Margaret Lyngdoh, Thailand, Dr. David Kuwli, Nagaland were among others prominent speakers on the occasion.
The 63rd WildlifeWeek was observed at Sahariapara village near BornadiWildlife Sanctuary on October 4 with day long programme.The programme was organized by Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri at Swahid Adarsha ME school.
An awareness meeting was held on the occasion at 11 am which was presided over by MK Sarma, DFO, Udalguri. Manohar Sitala teacher of the school in his introductory speech welcomed all before explaining the need for conservation of flora and fauna of the district. DFO Sarma in his presidential address spoke about conservation of biodiversity of BornadiWildlife Sanctuary with special reference to world famous pygmy hog, leopard wild elephants, peacock and hornbil etc. He requested students and teachers of the locality to plant more and more trees so as to provide shelter to smaller animals and birds.
The meeting was also addressed by wildlife activist Jayanta Das, Satya Boro, Range Officer, Khalingduar Reserve Forest; NC Thakuria, Range Officer, BornadiWildlife Sanctuary and Khagen Saharia, Headmaster of Swahid Adarsha ME School.
An interactive session was held with the students where wildlife experts briefed students on many topics of wildlife conservation and prevailing superstitions causing menace to some animals and birds.A on the spot drawing competition was also arranged for the students and winners were awarded in the meeting.
Finally Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma put in his papers as health and education minister on Monday.
Dr Sarma, who has been spearheading the dissidence drama in Dispur shot off his letter to chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday morning.
Talking to reporters after he sent his resignation, Dr Sarma said "I have decided not to compromise with my conscience any more. Mentally, physically & politically it is not advisable to be in Gogoi government," Sarma said.
He said,"We do not want to defy Congress President Sonia Gandhi. We are going to play the role of constructive opposition in Assam now," he said.
Monday - a new week,new challenge,new hope and a better assam