Dr. Lima Das is an actor and classical dancer from Guwahati, Assam.
She made her debut in films with the critically acclaimed Assamese film ‘Aamis’ directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, winning the Best Actress awards at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SSAIFF) 2019 and the 4th Sailadhar Baruah Film Awards. She was also felicitated with the Biju Phukan Recognition Award for Acting 2020 for her role in Aamis.
As a dancer, Dr. Lima Das is a graded artist of the Sattriya and Odissi dance forms at Doordarshan Guwahati, and has performed in a number of national and international dance festivals.Dr. Lima Das is also a dental surgeon and a professor at the Regional Dental College, Guwahati.
Lima was born in an affluent family of doctor-father and a singer-mother. At 42, she decided to take a plunge into acting for two reasons — Aamis and Bhaskar Hazarika. The latter’s directorial début, Kathanadi, was “so beautifully done” that something about his style of filmmaking spoke to her. So when there was an opportunity, she approached the independent filmmaker, also a family friend, for an acting gig. What followed next was a series of workshops and reading sessions with the director and co-actor, to get into the skin of Nirmali. “At the end of the whole exercise, I was more at ease being another person, the character,” she explains. And the ease in the performance reflects beautifully, especially in a scene when Sumon reveals his secret recipe and Nirmali walks out of the restaurant in anger, disbelief and finally in acceptance of the dynamics of their relationship – rush of emotions expressed like the “nava rasas” in dance.
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