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Veteran Assamese director Abdul Majid passed away

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Guwahati (27 September 2017): Veteran Assamese director Abdul Majid passed away on 24 September in a city based hospital. Popular for his amiable nature among everyone in Assam, the progressive octogenarian actor and playwright was lately admitted to the GNRC hospital, where he breathed his last at 9.30 am.

Assam Governor Banowarilal Purohit and State chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal led the people of the State to condole the demise of 86 years old cultural personality and termed his death as an irreparable loss to the cultural field of Assam. Both Purohit and Sonowal stated that the his contributions for the cultural arena of Assam would always be remembered.

"With his directorial ventures like 'Chameli Memsaab', 'Maram Trishna', 'Banhangksha', 'Banjui', 'Ponakon', 'Uttarkaal' etc, Majid gave a new dimension to Assamese cinema and showed his sense of social responsibility. He was a prolific dramatist who also performed different roles in over 200 plays and worked for promoting new talents," said Sonowal.

Born in Jorhat of eastern Assam, Majid started his carrier in theatres in 1950 at his home town. He started his career in celluloid through 'Ronga Police' in 1957. Later he directed several Assamese movies. For Chameli Memsaab, where Dr Bhupen Hazarika worked as the music director and also won the national award in that category, Majid received with Rajat Kamal in 23rd National Film Festival (of India) as the best film in Assamese Language.

Majid was honoured as the best director in the multilingual drama competition (1971 ) held in New Delhi. He was awarded with best director's award for Assamese television serial 'Naamghoria'. Assam government had conferred coveted Bisnu Prashad Rabha award on him in 1996. He was also honoured by Asom Sahitya Sabha, the State's highest literary forum.

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