BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 13 - Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla�s makeshift studio �Chitralekha Movietone,� where he had made the first Assamese feature film Joymoti at Bholaguri Tea Estate under Gohpur sub-division in Biswanath district in 1935, has been taken as the theme of a bhela ghar this time at Barani Pothar Gaon at Gohpur.
With Magh Bihu knocking on the door, the villagers of Barani Pathar are working round the clock these days to give finishing touches to their dream house with thatch and bamboo.
The bhela ghar has been designed by artist Biren Nath in association with Mayabi Bhelaghar Samiti, a local organisation. The bhela ghar has replicas of Joymoti, Chaudang, Jerenga Pathar, Usha, Chitralekha, cameras and other paraphernalia. Under normal circumstances, the bhela ghar is burnt to ashes at dawn on Magh Bihu day, but going against popular tradition, this will not happen to this particular house. The organisation has resolved to observe �Shilpi Divas� on January 17 in this �Chitralekha�.
Significantly, the purpose of making the bhela ghar is to remind the government to take concrete steps to make Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla�s memory permanent at Gohpur, the organisers informed.