Jyoti Chitrabon begins year-long golden jubilee celebrations
Jyoti Chitrabon Film Studio started its year-long golden jubilee celebrations on Wednesday, January 17. The studio, set up in 1968, is the only film studio in northeast India.
To mark the completion of 50 years of functioning, many events were organised by the film studio. An art competition among children started at 2 pm, followed by an open session from 3 pm on the Jyoti Chitrabon premises to celebrate Silpi Diwas and also to mark the beginning of year-long golden jubilee celebrations. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, cultural minister Naba Kumar Doley and people from the film fraternity attended the open session.
"Along with other events during the celebrations, we will develop our archive. We have already collected 1,500 rare photographs in the past one month. We are hopeful of collecting 10,000 more such photographs this year. We will preserve songs scientifically," Pabitra Margherita, chairman of Jyoti Chitrabon said.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural event, Margherita informed of the plans for this year saying, "We will organise the second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival this year. Besides, this year we will organise an international children's film festival. We have sent the proposal to the government for the children's film festival."
He also said that the film studio will buy new equipments during the year and will provide them to filmmakers at a subsidised cost in a bid to encourage them.
Sarbananda Sonowal also took part in a music digitization campaign launch event of the Jyoti Chitraban Digital Archive, to digitize ethe evergreen somngs of the artist.
In Assam, January 17 is celebrated as Silpi Diwas, the death anniversary of cultural icon Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. Eminent singers Anima Barthakur and Kula Baruah were conferred with the Silpi Bota award at the function. The award instituted by the state government in the memory of Assam’s cultural doyen Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala carries a citation, a sarai, a shawl and Rs 1 lakh.
Dancers performing during a function organized on the occasion of Shilpi Divas at Jyoti Chitrabon on Wednesday | G Plus Photo