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First Guwahati International short Film Festival concludes




The first edition of Guwahati International Short Film Festival (GISFF), held on May 2 & 3, 2011, at Assam State Museum Auditorium saw some exciting response from the film lovers and students.


The two day festival saw more than 2,000 people thronging the venue to enjoy the short films from countries like Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, the USA and Australia as well as all over India under sections like World Kaleidoscope, Indian Kaleidoscope and the competitive North-East Shorts section. Altogether 50 selected shorts were showcased during the two day festival.


The winning short films from the North-East Competitive Sections were:


Best Film (Golden Rhino): “19/87” produced by Café Shillong and directed by Wanphrang Dengdoh & Dondor Lyngdoh;



Best Director (Golden Rhino): Late Angshuman Barkakoty for “Windows 4:3”;



Best Screenplay (Silver Rhino): “19/87” (Wanphrang Deingdoh, Dondor Lyngdoh, Janice Pariat);



Best Cinematography (Silver Rhino): “19/87” (Wanphrang Deingdoh);



Best Editing (Silver Rhino): “Windows 4:3” (Amit Lamzel Sarki).





The opening film of the festival was Guinness Book Record Holder For Most Number Awards By A Short Film- PORQUE HAY COSAS QUE NUNCA SE OLVIDAN (Because There Are Things We Never forget) by award winning director Lucas Figueroa, which has won more than 300 awards till date.


A special screening of the highly-acclaimed Malayalam "anthology film" titled "Kerala Cafe", directed by a team of ten directors - Lal Jose, Shaji Kailas, Anwar Rasheed, Shyamaprasad, B. Unnikrishnan, Revathy, Anjali Menon, M. Padmakumar, Shankar Ramakrishnan, and Uday Ananthan was a major highlight of the fesival. The festival also saw a special tribute to young filmmaker Late Anghsuman Borkotoky through the screening his film “Doctor, Nurse & Patient”.


The festival is an initiative by Creovaent Productions in association with Shamiana, the acclaimed short film club from Mumbai.


A jury headed by eminent filmmaker Shyamaprasad from Kerala (director of award-winning Malayalam box office hits like Agnisakshi, Ore Kadal, Akale, Ritu and Elektra) judged the competition films. The other jury members were Assamese actor Adil Hussain (who is acting in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’, Sridhar Raghavan’s ‘Agent Vinod’ and several other important films in various languages, after having received acclaim in films like 'Gangor' by Italian director Italo Spinelli, 'For Real' by Sona Jain and 'Ishqiya' by Abhishek Choubey), this year’s Aravindan Puraskaram winning director Nila Madhab Panda (whose feature debut ‘I Am Kalam’ has won 12 international awards till now) and internationally-acclaimed Manipuri filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar (whose documentaries ‘AFSPA’ and ‘Mr India’ have earned global acclaim).


The competition films were selected from a large number of entries received from all over North-East India by a preview jury comprising noted theatre and film personality Nayan Prasad, eminent film editor Kaju, film critic Chandan Sharma and acclaimed director Bidyut Chakravarty.


The festival was inaugurated by Shyamaprasad in the presence of other esteemed jury members and guest.



The chief guest for the closing ceremony was renowned filmmaker Gautam Bora who encouraged the platform and said he expected more and more quality short film to come up from North-East India.



Critically acclaimed short film ‘Ek Langda Aankada’ produced by Krishna Raaz Baruah and Vijay Raaz was also be screened during the two day fest along with ‘Blood Brothers’ by Vishal Bhardwaj.


The festival, which has National Award-winning film critic Utpal Borpujari, plans to also introduce a section focusing on short films made on mobile phones from its next edition.



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Nab ring leaders: Delhi to Gogoi

25 Jul 2012 - 11:48pm | editor

Delhi on Wednesday directed Dispur to nab the ring leaders involved in ethnic clash in BTAD areas. Further, it ruled out a Bangladeshi hand in the entire episode where 42 people lost their lives. According to Union Home Secretary R K Singh, 2,000 central security personnel have been deputed to guard Guwahati-bound trains and railway tracks which were disrupted.Singh said that the international border is sealed and that it was impossible for any intruders to foment trouble from across the border. Around 2,500 paramilitary personnel have reached Assam to assist the local administration.

Tractors distributed in Kokrajhar

1 Aug 2018 - 11:02pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar: BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary distributed tractors among beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnaya Yojana at a ceremonial function held at BTC Secretariat ground in Kokrajhar today in presence of Assam minister Pramila Rani Brahma and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary.

A total 1500 revenue villages from four BTAD districts are getting tractors under the under Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, 2017-18, which was started from Kokrajhar with ceremonially distribution. On ceremonially distribution programme, 15 self help groups were given away tractors. The tractors are being distributed from BTC Agriculture department to generate double cropping as well incomes among farmers in the region and were given away subsidy way from the state government.

Mohilary urged the beneficiaries as well farmers to make double cropping to make more products of crops.

BTC director for Agriculture MM Swargiary told that the tractors are distributed among revenue villages in BTAD region and today ceremonially distributed. He said that the scheme will cover 2872 villages in BTAD region in phase wise in coming days.

Among others,BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary,BTC executive member Ansumwi Khunggur Boro,Deputy Commissioner Niranjan Baruah were prominent attendees on the occasion.

Meanwhile,BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary inaugurated the constructed office building of central selection board(CSB) near Kokrajhar Head Post Office.The building was constructed under BTAD GAD department with amounting of Rs.3.60 crores.

On A Winter’s Morning / Eti Sitar Puwat

12 Jun 2019 - 11:17pm | Arati Barua

My poem " eti sitar puwat" got published in Assam Bani on 31st May, 2019 edition.

Here's the translation of the poem as the friends here wanted it it english as they cant read Assamese.

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On A Winter’s Morning

On a winter’s morning…
While sitting on our porch…
I wondered…
How I wish I was with my Granma…
Together we could sway in the winds…
Walk in the snow…
And just wander around…

On a winter’s morning…
While sitting on our porch…
I wondered…
If I could fly at the heart of the blue sky…
Where the dark clouds shadow the lands…
Where the lightning sparks the brightest…
Stars that play with each other…
But still being under the sky…
Listening to the melodies…
Of the nightingales and sparrows…

On a winter’s morning…
While sitting on our porch…
I wondered…
I‘ll sleep on my Granma’s lap…
While we talk about the strangest…
And then get lost in dreams…
From where perhaps I never return…

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Translation by Imon Kalyan Barua
For Arati Barua’s “Eti Sitar Puwat”
Pub on 31st May 2019 in Assam Bani.