President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Asom Ratna Award for 2012 to writer Mamoni Raisom Goswami posthumously and Srimanta Shankardev Award for the year 2008 to actress Sharmila Tagore in Guwahati on Monday.
Dr Goswami’s brother received the award while the actress received the prestigious Sankardev award at a glittering ceremony in the afternoon at the Machkhowa.
Then the President left for Pandu and attended the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pandu College at Guwahati, and the annual convocation of Assam University at Silchar on Tuesday. Earlier, Mukherjee landed at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at 12-30 noon to be received by Governor JB Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Then he left for the Raj Bhawan.