Assam: Eminent Filmmaker – Pulak Gogoi Passes Away At 84 

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The renowned artist & filmmaker – Pulak Gogoi passed away, after battling with a prolonged illness at the Guwahati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) on Saturday. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

The veteran auteur was suffering from kidney and heart-related ailments and was undergoing treatment at the GMCH. He breathed his last at around 8:30 AM.

Condoling his demise, the Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote “I am saddened to hear of the passing away of Pulak Gogoi, a pioneer in the cultural world of Assam, a prominent film director and renowned painter. I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family.”

The prolific artist is a recipient of Best Direction award in Assamese film category for ‘Momtaz’ at the Prag Cine Awards in 2013. He shaped the path of modern contemporary art in Assam.

Born in 1938, Gogoi is credited for helmed timeless classics such as ‘Srimoti Mahimamoyi’, ‘Sadori’, ‘Sendur’, ‘Suruj’, ‘Morom Nodir Gabhoru Ghat’ and ‘Patni’, among others.

Gogoi’s works were displayed at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, Washington Hodges Gallery, and in various galleries of the state and Meghalaya.

He also drew cartoons for several publications, including ‘Amar Pratinidhi’ and ‘Asam Bani’, and later joined the popular Assamese daily ‘Dainik Asam’. Gogoi also worked as an assistant to Bhupen Hazarika who edited the Assamese magazine ‘Amar Pratinidhi’ from 1967 to 1972.

The veteran filmmaker was conferred with the Guruji Adya Sharma award. He also received the prestigious Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Award for his contribution in the field of fine arts.

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