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WB govt to set up archive on Uttam Kumar

An archive on thespian Uttam Kumar will soon come up at the West Bengal Film Centenary Bhavan.

An archive on thespian Uttam Kumar will soon come up at the West Bengal Film Centenary Bhavan. “The decision has been taken by the state government as a mark of respect to the great actor on his 85th birth anniversary on September 3,” West Bengal Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs S N Bera said in Kolkata.

The archive on Uttam Kumar would have separate gallery where prints of all his films and documents would be preserved.

Assam to appoint Bollywood personality as brand ambassador

After Gujarat,now it is Assam’s turn to look towards Bollywood to sell its brand of tourism. The north-eastern state’s tourism authorities have appointed a consultant to head-hunt a Bollywood celebrity to promote its tourism among travel buffs in a big way,a top official said. “We have recently engaged an acclaimed film director,Jahnu Barua,to advice us on the appointment of a brand ambassador to promote tourism in a big way,” said Assam Government’s Principal Secretary,(Finance and Tourism),Himangshu Sekhar Das,in Assam recently.

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The state is looking at someone from Bollywood to endorse the brand,Das said,adding efforts were on to rope-in the ambassador by October.

Assam boasts of two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Kaziranga National Park and Manas Wildlife Sanctuary,he said. Besides,the state also offers a wide range of choices like wildlife and tea and golf tourism. There are also many religious and culture centres,he said.

“We now plan to hit the market in a big way and attract more domestic and international tourists to the state,” Das said,adding that in the international segment,Germany,the UK and the US were some of the big markets for the state.

First published on: 17-09-2010 at 17:05 IST
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