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Amala Kataki


She was born on the 10th of August 1933 at Dergaon district. Her father, late Maneswar Barthakur along with his three brothers went and settled permanently at Golaghat. Her childhood was spent at Golaghat where she completed her primary education from the Golaghat Girls’ Mission School. Her family had deep cultural roots and her father propagated music in Dacca in those days. So she used to rehearse daily after studies in the evening. She used to take regular part in singing and dancing competitions as well as in plays. Besides she was proficient in playing all the musical instruments like the tabla, harmonium etc. used by her father. Though she was an average in studies, she still managed to study till the sixth standard and used to fetch laurels for her school in the yearly school games. She was also very much taken in by the Bible classes held in her school, where she used to score the highest marks in each test, due to which she was an object of affection for her school authorities, namely two teachers Ms.Tait and Ms.Evans. As she hailed from an orthodox Brahmin family, she was married off early at the age of 13 to Mr.Jatindra Prasad Kataki, who also hailed from a prestigious family of Sivasagar and was a renowned actor of his time. In 1945, she shifted base to Guwahati, where her husband was an employee of the Assam Tribune. She started acting in dramas conducted during the “vishwakarma puja” celebrated in the premises of Assam Tribune. Fatima Bibi’s Ghar, Karaingar Ligiri, Maa, Magribor Azaan, etc. were some of her stage dramas. She has not done many movies but has acted in not less than 20 of them . Ajoli Nobou, Shakuntala, Shankar Joseph Ali, Ashrai, etc. were some of the movies she acted in. Presently she has been working in some T.V serials. She is also a very talented writer who has written stories, novels, poetries, songs, etc. and also published some of them in the newspapers and magazines. She was also showered with some awards for her work. Her old age and bad health has not dampened her spirits till now, as she is still involved in social services.