Assam govt. to provide financial assistance to rejuvenate state film industry

Assam govt. to provide financial assistance to rejuvenate state film industry

India Blooms News Service | 05 Mar 2017

Guwahati, Mar 5 (IBNS): The Assam government will provide financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh for reopening of cinema halls which have already been shut down in the state.

Similarly, an amount of Rs 25 lakh will also be provided to cinema halls which need repairing of its building for creating a good viewing ambience.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced this while speaking at the closing ceremony of Chalachitram, a heritage short film competition organized by Chalachitram in association with Department of Cultural Affairs, Assam government and Directorate of Film Festival, Govt. of India at Rabindra Bhavan on Sunday.

Stating that cinema reflects the philosophy of life, reality and expectations of the society and plays an important role in transforming society, Sarbananda Sonowal recalled the contributions of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Jahnu Baruah and Manju Bora in taking the Assamese cinema forward.

Sonowal further added that the cinema industry in Assam is plagued with various problems and the Govt. is preparing a roadmap to strengthen its infrastructure to give it a major fillip.

He also commented that Assamese films are best in all respect and can compete with the Indian and world cinema if backed with proper infrastructure.

Sonowal also called upon the film makers of the state to highlight the contributions of the legendary personalities of Assam to carry forward a message to the society.

The Assam CM also urged the film fraternity to guide the Government on the initiatives required to be taken for ameliorating its present condition.

Sonowal also distributed prizes of the short film competition titled ‘Our heritage, our pride’ in the programme.

‘Pride of Assam’ bagged the best short film award in this competition. He also released a souvenir published to mark the occasion.

Director, Directorate of Film festivals, Union government, Senthil Rajan, eminent film makers Vijaya Jena, Manju Bora, Commissioner and Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department, Govt. of Assam Preetom Saikia, Secretary of Chalachitram Bhagawat Pritam were present among others in the programme.

 

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

Assam govt. to provide financial assistance to rejuvenate state film industry

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