I have the honour to present to you Shri Mitradev Mahanta Adhikar, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Acting on the Assamese Stage for the year. Shri Mitradev Mahanta Adhikar was born in 1894 at Letur-gram Sattra at Jorhat, and has been on the stage ever since 1916, being one of the top- ranking actors of Assam, successfully covering a variety of roles in mythological, historical and social plays. Shri Mitradev Mahanta Adhikar is well-known as a comic actor of a very high order. Having retired after 35 years of service in the educational line he has been still intimately associating himself with the modern theatre movement. He is a reputed director, writer of plays and lyrics and a renowned singer, all rolled into one. For his pre-eminence in Assamese Stage Acting and for his life-long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Assamese Stage Actor of the Year, and award to him a brocade Angavastram, a lotus- embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.