Who made the Biggest Success Stories in 2017 from Assam?

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Who made the Biggest Success Stories in 2017 from Assam?

Nehal Jain | December 30, 2017 18:26 hrs

As we herald in 2018, here's a look at the faces and stories which left an indelible mark on us. The year 2017 wouldn’t have been the same if it weren't for these personalities and many more.

  1. Ankushita Boro - If any boxer from Assam has garnered the maximum attention after world championship medallist Shiva Thapa, it has to be 17-year-old Ankushita Boro. A tribal girl hailing from the nondescript Meghai Jarani village in Sonitpur district of Assam captured the imagination of thousands of sports lovers in Guwahati, where she became one of the five Indians to earn a gold medal in the world youth women boxing championship. A good show resulting in a bronze medal in the national youth championship earlier this year gave Ankushita the key to unlock her future. She collected silver medals in exposure trips such as the Ahmet Comert international tournament in Turkey and the Balkan youth international tournament in Bulgaria to stake her claim for a spot in the national squad. In the AIBA Women Youth Boxing Championship, Ankushita won the Gold in the Women's light-weight category and the Best Boxer award. She has recently been declared as the Bodoland Sports Ambassador.
  2. Riyan Parag - A name that has been creating a lot of buzz around the state, Riyan Parag is the talented new cricketer who has given Assam the occasion to rejoice in celebrations. This young man of 16 was a part of the under-19 cricket team of India, which played two four-day matches against England in June 2017. Riyan also made news when he scored a century in the cricket match between India Red vs India Green in U-19 Challengers Trophy this year. He then got selected for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup which will be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3 next year. Riyan is all prepared to bring laurels to his country and also his state and will hopefully join the national cricket team eventually. He dreams to play in the senior team within the next five years and believes that the opportunity to join the U-19 team has taken him a step closer to his ambition.
  3. Rima Das - Assamese filmmaker Rima Das made major headlines in 2017 for her second feature film, “Village Rockstars.” After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Village Rockstars won the Best Indian Film and two other prizes at the recently concluded Mumbai Film Festival where it drew comparisons with Satyajit Ray's “Pather Panchali.” "When I started out, my dream was for my film to travel to every corner of the world," says Das. Her journey to international acclaim and Village Rockstars’s winning ways are proof that dreams do come true. Das not only wrote and directed Village Rockstars but also filmed it, did the production design and edited it single-handedly. Her only assistants were a group of six pre-teens whose story she tells in the film, which is now being screened in film festivals across the world. The film opened this year’s Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY). It was screened in Cannes Film Festival 2017 and has been submitted for Kerala International Film Festival (International Competition) 2017 category. The movie was officially selected for Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Section) 2017 and San Sebastián International Film Festival (New Directors Competition) 2017.  Recently, the film won three awards at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young including Best Director and Best Special Jury Prize Feature Film.
  4. Rajlakhshmi Borthakur – She is the CEO and Founder of TerraBlue XT. Borthakur made headlines when she was felicitated by Ivanka Trump at Global Entrepreneurs Summit for her invention T-Jay, a digital glove, which can predict epilepsy attacks and helps track the patient. For her creation, Borthakur was earlier felicitated at Digital India challenge in 2016. Interestingly, she is also recognised as one of the 12 women transforming India by the UN as well as NITI Aayog. TerraBlue XT (previously Studio Blue Dot) is an award-winning healthcare startup, dedicated to using technology to make the lives of people with chronic disorders better.
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