GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � Noted music directors Jitu-Tapan (Jitu Sarma and Tapan Bhattacharya) were presented the �Silpi Bota� instituted by the Assam Government in a function held at the Rabindra Bhawan in connection with the "Silpi Divas" this evening. The awards were presented to the music directors by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Speaking on the occasion, Gogoi said that Jitu-Tapan brought glories to Assam with their performance over the years. He said that the music directors proved that one can achieve success with hard work and dedication. He also recalled the contributions of Jyotiprasad Agarwala in different spheres of life in Assam and said that the Government would do its best to build an Assam envisaged by the legendary person. He also called upon the people of Assam to follow the ideals of Jyotiprasad Agarwala.
The Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah said that the Government would try to move Bill for setting up of the Jyoti-Bishnu Cultural University in the next session of the State Assembly.
The music directors, in their acceptance speech, said they were honoured to receive the award. They also recalled their association with noted singers of the country.
Jitu Sarma and Tapan Bhattacharya showed their promise in the field of music from an early age and they moved to Mumbai in the early part of 1970s. They worked as the music director of a Hindi film for the first time in 1977 and the journey is still continuing. They have not only worked as music directors in more than 30 Hindi films, but also directed music in a number of Assamese, Bengali and Gujarati films as well as in mega serials.