The NGO, which has been working for 25 years to connect people from border areas to the mainstream, institute the annual award this year in the name of award-winning singer Bhupen Hazarika who passed away last year.
The award was presented by Ex-Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta at S M Joshi Hall. Barua received Rs 51,000, a trophy and a citation.
Barua said that “Bhupen Hazarika is one of the most revered name in the North-east. It is a great honour to receive this award.”
A receiver of the Padma Shri award, Barua has wins nine national awards for his films. Also present were P A Inamdar, educationalist, Mohan Dharia, Vanarai president and industrialist Bharat Desalda, among others.