In a faux pas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday observed Friday as late actor Uttam Kumar’s birth anniversary. Friday was in reality Kumar’s 35th death anniversary. He was born on September 3.
At an awards function — Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Awards — organised by the state information and cultural affairs department to commemorate the actor’s death anniversary, Mamata said: “We commemorate this birthday of his (Uttam Kumar) to the film world and honour people from the film industry with Mahanayak Samman.”
In a glittering function at Nazrul Mancha Auditorium in south Kolkata, actors, musicians and technicians were honoured. While veteran actors Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Rituparna Sengupta were felicitated with the ‘Mahanayak’ and ‘Mahanayika’ awards, respectively, veterans Paran Bandopadhyay, Anjan Dutta, Sandhya Roy, Chiranjeet Chakraborty and director Utpalendu Chakraborty were given lifetime achievement awards. Music composer Shantanu Moitra was conferred a special award.
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Mamata said efforts were being made every year to remember all who had made a mark in the film industry.
“If any name is missed out, it will be wrong to assume that it has been intentionally done. In this world of art in Bengal, which is the cultural capital of India, there is no difference among artists. There will be a time when Tollywood will surpass Bollywood and even Hollywood,” she added.