A noted Assamese film maker and poet, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, was breathed his last on 17, January 1951. He was regarded as the founder of Assamese cinema.
Jyoti Prasad Agarwala was born on 17th June 1903 in Tamulbari Tea Estate, Assam into an Agarwal family. After matriculated in 1921, he went to Edinburgh in 1926 to study economics.
Soon after, he plunged into the Indian Independence Movement against the British Raj. For which he suffered imprisonment many times. He established the Chitraban Studio at the BholaguriTea Estate and began filming the movie Joymoti around the end of 1933. This was the first film from Assam.
His famous work is includes Joyomoti, Indramalati, Lobhita, and Khanikar. Every year his Death Anniversary is observed as Silpi Divas (Artists Day) in his honor. To tribute him, India post has issued 5 Rupee Postal stamp in 2004.
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