Dr. Bobby Sarma Baruah is an Indian Film maker, Producer and Screenwriter whose narrative content on socio cultural issues in Assam and the North East has been highly appreciated. Her debut feature film Adomya in which she explored the sensitivity and emotional world of women was awarded best film in spiritual category at the 13th Dhaka International Film festival. Adomya was also screened as an official selection for more than fifteen international film festivals across the world. Her second venture, Sonar Baran Pakhi, a biopic based on life and time of the legendary folk singer Padmashree Pratima Barua Pandey of Assam has been included as an official enrty various festivals besides winning the Grand jury prize for the best feature film in the 15th Indian film festival of Los Angeles and the best audience choice award at the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival. As director, producer and scriptwriter, Bobby Sarma Baruah has a number of short films, documentaries, music videos and TV serials on various indigenous folk cultures blending into one, to her credit. She is also an accomplished poet and short story writer in Assamese language. She has also served as juror at the prestigious 14th Dhaka International Film Festival and Lucknow Children’s International Film Festival, both in 2016. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral research for a PhD on influence of folk culture of Assam in Assamese cinema.
Dr. Bobby Sarma Baruah Timeline
Born to a family of creative minds , Bobby Sarma Baruah’s father was a sculptor , a painter and an artist of high caliber. She inherited in her , the inventive and artistic genes of her father which later on shaped the course of life. Her mother was also an artist who laid the very foundation of freedom of expression among her children by teaching them to sing and dance ,thus stimulating them with their originative ideas . Oldest among the three siblings, she bloomed creatively under the encouragement of her mother and learnt to sing and dance , participating in various cultural competitions , wining numerous prizes. She also developed great oratory skills which led her to often take part in debates and poetry gatherings. She began with her literary skills since her 5th grade ,publishing her poetries in local regional news papers and ever since have been continuing with her creative literary pursuits.
She completed her Schooling from Gohpur and during her Higher Secondary days got married to Mr Basanta Baruah , a businessman and a cultural activist from the same vicinity with whom she later founded the production house BB Entertainment Pvt Ltd. She completed her graduation from B. Borooah College Guwahati, majoring in Education. She then completed her B.Ed Degree and went on to complete her Master Degree in Assamese Literature from Guwahati University . She gave birth to two children during these years , thus balancing her studies and her educational pursuits. She also completed her Master degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Guwahati University ,Assam during this time. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral research for a PhD on influence of folk culture of Assam in Assamese cinema. She enrolled herself in school of Photography owned by Amulya Manna to shape up her creative pursuits. She has also attended the month-long Film Appreciation Course in FTII, Pune. She won a senior national fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2014 for a research project on ethnic jewellery and costumes of North East.
Bobby Sarma Baruah began her professional career in media in 2006, starting with making quickies for All India Radio ,Guwahati Assam. She also produced and directed music video films Sontora, Sohoror Godhuli and Sohoror Tita Mitha in 2006-2008. She made a number of documentaries and quickies based on regional Agriculture in 20090-10. She directed a popular T V serial for Doordarshan named JivanJatra, various short films like Waiting for a Call, Deuta and Mirror, a thirteen-episode documentary on folk culture of different ethnic communities of Assam like PutapukhurirBak,Kushan,DhinikiDhinDao,Lagon, Alou GuytiTolouGuti,Ural and Bishu. In the year 2009, she produced a stage drama Maya, and directed a documentary film Santosh based on the Postal features . She also made quickies on behalf of World Bank in 2012-13. After that there she went on to make a six-episode serial for Axom Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission in 2012-13
In 2014 she made her debut as a director with the feature film Adomya . Her first film Adomya was awarded best film in spiritual category at the Dhaka international film festival besides being screened in film festivals of London, Goa, Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai. She has also served as juror at the prestigious Dhaka International Film Festival and Lucknow Children’s Film Festival, both in 2016. Her second directorial venture work “Sonar Baran Pakhi “ a biopic based on life and time of the legendary folk singer of Assam late Padmashree Pratima Barua Pandey has been recently completed.
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