Jyoti Prasad Agarwala
Born: 17 June 1903
Died: 17 January 1951
- He was a noted Assamese playwright, songwriter, poet, writer and filmmaker from Assam.
- He was considered as an Assamese cultural icon, deeply revered for his creative vision and output, and is popularly called the Rupkonwar of Assamese culture.
- In fact, he is regarded as the founder of the Assamese cinema for Joymoti (1935).
- His death anniversary (17 January) is observed as Silpi divas (Artists’ Day) in his honor.
- He established the Chitraban Studio at the Bholaguri Tea Estate and began filming the movie Joymoti around the end of 1933.
- This was the first film from Assam.
- The film, released in 1935, was based on a play by Laxminath Bezbarua about the heroic Ahom princess Sati Joymoti imprisoned and tortured by a repressive Ahom swargadeo.
- In 1936 he married Devajani Bhuyan.
- In 1941 he participated in the freedom movement, and in 1942, he went underground to escape British repression.
- Toward the end of his life he moved from a romantic to a more radical vision, which was reflected in his works.
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