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Curiosity Shop opens in theaters

The tag line of the film says it all, "A father, a daughter, and a book store...The Curiosity Shop".

Independent filmmaker Shankar Borua's widely anticipated new film The Curiosity Shop opens in movie theaters in Assam on November 3, 2017. Starring Upamanyu Boruwa, Debasmita Borgohain (as Hope, the adopted daughter in the movie), Anupjyoti Choudhury, Krishna Sarma, Ribhu Ranjan Baruah, Stuti Choudhury, Imtinaro Longkumer, Bidisha Kashyap, Sumi Borah, Satya Doley, and Bhargavjyoti Bora, among many others, The Curiosity Shop is an unusual narrative with very pertinent and potent thematic considerations centering around the adoption of a girl child as well as the abuse of women, particularly within the family unknown to the world outside.

Accompanying the motion picture is American singer Heather Christie’s rendition of a blues track written by Shankar Borua himself, a highlight of The Curiosity Shop.

The people of Assam will once again get an opportunity to experience Borua's signature filmmaking style reflected in a non-linear narrative with multiple timelines. In writer-director Shankar Borua's words,"The Curiosity Shop is an intricately woven narrative that exhorts us to adopt a girl child, asks us to pause and pay tribute to the American Baptist missionaries who saved the Assamese language from fading into oblivion, mesmerizes us with a colorful Mising Oinitom (Bihu) and eulogizes the beauty and grace of Xatriya, the 500-year old dance form inextricably linked to the Assamese identity."

In a conversation, Borua further said, "The Curiosity Shop is my humble gift to the people of Assam, I will be most gratified if folks take ownership of the movie and proudly consider it as their own cultural property."

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Charu Gohain passes away at GMCH

8 Apr 2012 - 5:30am | editor


Popular Assamese singer cum composer Charu Gohain is dead. He was 61 who breathed his last at around 10-45 on Saturday morning at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital where he was undergoing treatment from February 22.


His condition deteriorated on Friday night and was shifted to the ICU. But he died on Saturday morning.


A pall of gloom has descends into the entire state. His mortal remains consigned to flames at Nabagraha cremation ground in presence of hundreds of his well wishers. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi along with many parties, organizations and individuals condoled his death.


Young Achievers Inspire at Gorkha Youth Summit

19 Oct 2019 - 7:40pm | CM Paul

A Gorkha Youth Trust held first ever intellectual symposium entitled the Gorkha Youth Summit 2019 (GYS) in Darjeeling at Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan (G.D.N.S) Auditorium from 17 to 18 October.

Various acclaimed youths and personalities of the Hills in the field of Education, Research, Environment, Art and Cinema, Music, Drama and Poetry, Literature, Sports, Politics, Journalism, Academics, Business and Social Field took part in the panel discussions and seminars over two days.

The MBKS (Mukh Bandh Kaam Suru - stop chatter, start work) Trust designed the summit up on the foundation of the likes of the Literary Fests, Ted Talks, World Economic Forum, Oxford Union Debates & numerous youth festivals.

“MBKS Trust, is committed to bring back the lost essence of our Hills and devoted to the furtherance of social, philosophical and intellectual inclination among the youths of the Hills,” said MBKS General Secretary Mr Rahul Amulya Pradhan.

“The GYS has the potential to become an annual event of great significance to make the youths a part of the intellectual discourse in this part of the country,” said Mr Pradhan decrying the  exclusion, deprivation and regression youths face in the hills.

Dr. Sudarsan Tamang of Sikkim University who quit his job in Japan to return to Darjeeling spoke on importance of research in the hills. He was given the first Gorkha Yuva Ratna Award for his outstanding contribution to academics and literature through his poetry.

Among the panelists and speakers were Mr. Sumendra Tamang of Lali Guras and Jadavpur University Kolkata who deliberated on the "Politics and Economics Behind Darjeeling Tea Industry;”  and Mr. Yougan Tamang of Sikkim Man Hunt fame deliberated on the employment opportunities for the Youths in Darjeeling and Sikkim.

While young achievers Mr. Ankit Pradhan, Paralympic spoke on "Global Gorkha Shapers: Opportunities and Hardships for a Gorkha Youth;” Mr. Awaz Rai, spoke on the "Living Arts and its Importance;” Dr. Vimal Khawas of Sikkim University discussed "the Politics of the Hills: The Past, Present and Future;” Ms. Kritika Dahal, renowned poetess, shared on the "Living Arts and its Importance”.

Among other young achievers in the panel who spoke on Global Gorkha Shapers: Opportunities and Hardships for a Gorkha Youth were Mr. Sandip Agarwal, Chartered Accountant from Siliguri, Mr. Tashi Tamang, National Taekwondo Champion, and Mr. Brijesh Giri, U-17 Indian Football Team.

In the panel discussion on "The State of Education in the Hills” Mrs. Anuradha Rai, Principal, Southfield College, Darjeeling, Fr. C. M. Paul SDB former Vice-Principal of Salesian College Sonada; Assistant Professor Tandoop Bhutia from Jadavpur University Kolkata, and research scholar Miss Rinan Shah participated.

On Friday, 18 October, the young people had the opportunity to hear political leaders from the hills speak from a common platform.

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BJP campaigns for BTC election

30 Mar 2015 - 7:32pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gained it's campaigning in BTC region for their candidates to the scheduled April 8 next council polls. 

Siddarthaa Bhattacharya, president of Assam state BJP campaigned at Sakti Ashram ground for Fakiragram candidate Dilip Barman and Bibuti Bhusan Borogoyary from Dotma, Salakati for Malati Rani Narzary, Mijink Nwgwr for Samarendra Brahma for Debargaon and Manoj Kumar Brahma for Banargaon constituency. 

Bhattacharya alleged that BPF ruled BTC administration has failed while proving safe and security to the common publics in the region.He has also said that BPF had corrupted all public development funds allotted from centre for the welfare in its decade long reigned and they have built their building,but not for the peoples of the council of which why peoples are suffering from various fronts of development.

Bhattacharya has claimed that there is no doubt as his saffron party has been winning in large number of seats in the election and council would be formed by sagffron party.

Among others,BJP candidates from Banargaon Manoj Kumar Brahma,Samarendra Brahma from Debargaon constituency was also present in the campaign rally.