Award winning documentary filmmaker Pankaj Butalia is visiting Guwahati on 11 September 2105 and attending an interactive session with the scribes same day. The program is scheduled to begin at 5 pm in Guwahati Press Club.
Once an acclaimed table tennis player turned a professor of Economics at Delhi University, Butalia is today more known as a serious filmmaker. Till date Butalia has made thirteen documentaries and one fiction film. Most of his documentaries have been screened extensively throughout the world.
His first documentary titled ‘When Hamlet Came to Mizoram’ (1989) received appreciations from the connoisseurs of art. The creative journey for Butalia continued with ‘Moksha’, ‘Cat's Concert’, ‘A Matter of Light’, ‘Karvaan’, ‘Centrestage’, ‘Manipur Song’ etc. His first feature film titled ‘Karvaan’ was screened in Amiens, Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Belgium, Hong Kong, Turkey, New Delhi and Calcutta film festivals.
It may be mentioned that his least documentary titled ‘Assam – a landscape of Neglect’ will be screened at Vivekananda Kendra on 12 September starting at 6 pm. The audience may also interact with the filmmaker after the show, which will be moderated by Xonzoi Borboa, assistant professor, TISS and Urvashi Butalia, well-known activist and writer.
Massive water logging disrupts normal life in Guwahati following a heavy downpour that lashed the city on Friday. Rains and storm lashed the entire city at around 3-30 which continued till 4-30 in some areas inundating the city’s G S Road and RG Baruah road in the evening.
Hours after the heavy downpour, Ganeshguri, Zoo Road, Chandmari, Bhangagarh, Lachitnagar, Anil Nagar and Nabin nagar area came under the raibn waters. There are reports of land slips in Ganeshguri and Kahilipara area in the city where traffic snarls adds to the woes of the pedestrians. Power cut has made the life more miserable in the evening.
In a tragic accident that occurred on National Highway 36 near Gastol of Kathiatoli, Nagaon district on Friday noon, one Laku Barkakoti of Kathiatoli was died on the spot when his motorcycle rammed by a speedy bus. The mishap occurred as the man on motorcycle was driving in the wrong side. Kathiatoli Police rushed to the spot and sent Laku's body to BP Civil Hospital, Nagaon for postmortem.Police impounded the bus. The driver of the bus managed to flee from the spot.
The Asom Sahitya Sabha officials came out to the streets on Sunday in protest against the non implementation of the Assam Language Act----making it mandatory for the government to use Assamese language in the official functionings.
The protesters removed some English and Hindi hoardings and banners on the streets. A section of Sahitya Sabha officials blackened the hoardings and banners.
A section of the Sabha officials told assamtimes that they would intensify the agitation in the run up to the special session in the city. The protest in this form assumes significance a few days after a cement factory instructed its workers and employees to avoid Assamese language inside the factory campus.