From our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 23: Jivitesh Mazumdar, a graduate from the University of Westminster, London is going to make an animated versions of some selected classic stories of the famous Assamese folktales' book 'Burhi Aair Xaadhu', compiled by littérateur Laksmith Bezbaruah.
Mazumdar said: "I've already prepared a proposal to make animated films of some selected stories of 'Burhi Aair Xaadhu' in 13-14 episodes. I'll submit the proposal to the State Minister of Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi soon for recommendation of all the films. I assume to complete the process by next year. The audience will be able to enjoy it like other animated cartoon shows like Chhota Bheem, Doremon, Tom and Jerry etc."
Mazumdar also said: "I persolly think the book 'Burhi Aair Xaadhu' has an immense place in the Assamese literature. The stories included in the book give a child the power to imagine and dream of those beautiful things described in the book. But unfortutely, today's children do not have time and interest to read Assamese books. They are much fond of cartoon shows available in the Television shows. I, therefore, have decided to make animated versions of those beautiful Assamese stories so that our children are able to enjoy them."
Mazumdar also said: "We're a six-member team. We have completed the making of Lotkon in two-and-a-half months. It is with a length of 10 minutes. We took more time due to lack of human resources and software. However, if the government helps us in our projects, we can complete them in much less time. We've decided to submit the proposal to Gogoi who assured us of help."
Twenty-one-year-old Mazumdar hails from Guwahati. He was awarded for his animation work in the short film, Stranger Within Me. The film was selected for show in the Cannes Intertiol Film Festival, 2015 out of 15,000 different films. His another creation, an animated film 'Lotkon' based on the story Lotkon from Bezbaruah's Burhi Aair Xaadhu was also got the best award in the Brahmaputra Film Festival this year.
Bollywood directors like Rima Kagti and others praised his work as the best. Mazumdar, a former student of Maharshi Vidya Mandir, Guwahati, completed his Higher Secondary examition from Syndia School of Gwalior with 100 out of 100 in drawing, and for this he got the scholarship to study three-year bachelor degree with honours in Animation from the University of Westminster, London and completed the course in 2014.