The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will honour artiste Pabitra Rabha with the Padmashree Pratima Baruah Pandey Memorial Award, 2020 for his immense contributions in the field of Assamese theatre and cinema.

The award will be conferred on him during a function in Guwahati on December 27.

Rabha, who hails from Palagarh village on the outskirts of Tangla town in Udalguri district, rose to fame after acting in the Priyanka Chopra starrer “Mary Kom”.

The National School of Drama (NSD) alumnus also runs an all dwarves theatre group, ‘Dapon-The Mirror’.

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The theatre group has performed across the length and breadth of the nation.

AASU assistant general secretary, Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharya along with other members also visited Rabha’s residence on Thursday and felicitated him with a phulam bihuwan and xorai.

Bhattacharya said, “AASU gives this award annually to people for their contributions in enriching the literature and culture of the state.”

Rabha has also acted in a number of Assamese movie including “Kanchanjunga” and “Mission China”.

He has also been instrumental in organizing the Jharkhand Janajatiya Khetriya Mahotsav, and The Rhythm of Bordoisila, festivals highlighting traditional folk performances of Northeast India.

The Reliance Foundation also honoured him with the CNN-IBN Real Hero Award in 2012 for his efforts to work with dwarf artistes of Assam.

Shajid Khan

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