India’s Bangalore based young Assamese music composer, songwriter and singer Jim Ankan Deka, son of pioneer Assam Economist and Awahon-Ramdhenu Era Assamese litterateur Principal Bhabananda Deka, won the first ever Best International Music Video Award by an Assamese musician for his heart rendering Hindi-Assamese bilingual musical album Awaaz—Speak Up Against Sexual Violence at the recently concluded Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2013 held on 14 December 2013. The album contained music as a creative protest against all sorts of sexual violence against women by adopting the ghastly 16 December 2012 Delhi gang-rape as a metaphor, which had been written and composed by Jim Ankan Deka and rendered by several musicians from across the broad spectrum of Indian and international musicians. The video was directed by another young Assamese filmmaker Parmita Borah. It is the first time that Assamese music has been given an official international award by an international jury.
Jim Ankan Deka, who hails from Guwahati in India, was a self learner in musical instruments and had been performing from the age of three all over Assam and the North East. From early teens he had been assisting in film direction, and was the Chief Assistant Director of several documentary films including Assam Sahitya Sabha, Srimanta Sankardev and under-production full-length docu-feature film Moi Eti Zazabor based on the life of legendary musician and Columbia University(New York) scholar Dr Bhupen Hazarika, which has been jointly directed by late Waesqurni Bora and Arnab Jan Deka.
He sat up an Assamese musical band called Prahar in late Nineties in Guwahati and brought out his first musical album Tumi Kowa Kothabor—The Things You Said way back in 1999 when he was nineteen year old teenager. He wrote the lyrics and composed music for all the eight songs in the album and also sang and played guitar with several other budding musicians. He had shifted base to Bangalore in 2006 and set up his independent music studio and music band called Eastern Fare with initial funding from his father, and has been busy composing and performing music all over India and beyond.
In 2008 he ventured into multi-national documentary film production making his directorial debut with an Indo-Canadian joint-venture documentary film Nagaland – Journey Through the Choir of Clouds. In 2012 he scored the music of a tribute album called Timeless which was dedicated in memory of several legends including Bhupen Hazarika, Bhabananda Deka and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, all legendary figures in their respective fields. At present Jim Ankan is busy producing music and making documentaries, apart from training aspiring young musicians from his studio and foundation in Bangalore. Assam Foundation-India congratulates this budding Assamese musician on his unprecedented achievement, and acknowledges the pioneering role played by him in establishing Assamese language musically in the mainstream world musical platform.
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