Guwahati, July 02: A respected name in the mobile theatre industry, actress Anjali Chetri was recently honoured with the Late Achyut Lahkar Memorial Award 2018 for her exceptional performance in the mobile drama ‘Dadagiri’, staged by Theatre Surjya.
Anjali Chetri was presented with a cheleng chador, a xorai, a japi, a bouquet of flowers and a citation during the felicitation programme, organised by the Samaj Sanskritimulak Anusthan Mancha at the Guwahati Press Club.
Last year, the award was received by Barsha Rani Bishaya for her performance in Kohinoor Theatre’s ‘Radha Abar Haahi De’.
Noted actor and chairman of the Assam Film Finance and Development Corporation, Jatin Bora was the chief guest at the programme, while Pradip Saloi, Inspector General of Police (Administration), Assam, was the special guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Jatin Bora said “It is a much laudable selection by the Mancha. Anjali Chetri’s work has definitely enriched the mobile theatre industry. She has been a gracious support and a big source of influence to me and many other artistes associated with the mobile industry.”
Many on the occasion felt that it was a long overdue honour for someone who has amassed an impressive body of work. However, its not quite been that simple for the Palashbari native Anjali Chetri, who had to toil really hard to realise her potential as an actress.
“There is no other occupation that I could ever think of, and that I would be a part of, other than theatre” said the unassuming veteran actress.
It was mobile theatre that became the means of earning her livelihood, and overcoming deprivation and despair.
The seasoned actress has devoted over 35 years of her life to mobile theatre, since making her debut with the play ‘Daishyurani Phoolan Devi’ with Apsara Theatre in 1983. Her determination and hard work, and a burning desire to achieve something in life, despite the odds, paid off in a major way.
Her notable plays include Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s ‘Gadhuli’ and ‘Samudra Manthan’, Munin Barua’s ‘Golam’, Abhijit Bhattacharjya’s ‘Tyajya Putra’ among others. She acquired considerable fame and popularity after acting in Sewabrat Barua’s ‘XoixoboteDhemalite’, which was a turning point of her career.
Chetri had shown her prowess and versatility in a number of plays for various mobile theatre troupes, including Aparupa Mobile Theatre, Theatre Bhagyadevi, Awahan Theatre, Srimanta Sankardev Theatre, Bordoisila Theatre, Sakuntala Theatre, Saraighat Theatre and Theatre Surjya among others.
Kiran Lahkar, wife of late Achyut Lahkar, who was also present at the programme, appreciated the move to honour the actress with an award instituted in the memory of her husband.
A souvenir, titled Swapnadrosta, was also released on the occasion in the memory of late Achyut Lahkar, the father of mobile theatre.
AMTRON chairman Dinamoni Bhandar Kayastha and former Superintendent of Police, Nalbari, Hemanta Bhattacharya, was also present at the programme.