GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � Rich tributes were offered to Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala in a function to mark Silpi Diwas in the city today. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was present in the event organised by the Cultural Affairs Directorate, presented the 2012 Silpi Bota to eminent musicians Apurba Kumar Das and Dr Dilip Ranjan Barthakur.
Instituted in the memory of Jyotiprasad Agarwala, each of the awards comprised a cheque for one lakh rupees, a citation, a shawl, and a sorai.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paid homage to the genius of Jyotiprasad Agarwala, describing as an inspiration to people in his times and in the present era. He underlined the nationalistic fervor of Agarwala�s songs which mingled with a fervent faith in humanism.
Minister Cultural Affairs, Pranati Phukan spoke eloquently about the legacy of Assam�s famous icon, and mentioned that his legacy has to be treasured. She was of the view that keeping alive the
contributions of Agarwala was linked to how well the new generation became acquainted with his creations.
Noted singer and veteran journalist Apurba Kumar Das after receiving the award expressed his joy and thanked the State Government for bestowing such an honour on him. He said the award will inspire him to continue his work in the area of music. He recalled his first forays in singing, which included a repertoire of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala�s songs.
In his acceptance speech, distinguished performing artiste and research scholar Dr Dilip Ranjan Barthakur conveyed his happiness and mentioned the need to carry out more studies and documentation on the music of various indigenous communities of Assam and the rest of the North East.
Earlier in his welcome address, Shantanu Thakur, on behalf of the Cultural Affairs Department spoke about the rich contributions of Jyotiprasad Agarwala, and noted that without his creations the identity of Assam would be incomplete. He congratulated both the awardees for their work in their respective areas.