Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday dedicated a state of the art Audio-Visual Hub of Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio at a function held at the premises of the film institute here. The Rs 10 crore project had its commencement on November 10, 2019 and is supported by NEC.
The chief minister said that though the Covid-19 pandemic has had its impact on the Assamese Film industry, the state government is taking several innovative steps to revitalise the industry. Hailing Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio for its role in promoting the art of film making in Assam, chief minister Sarma said that the institution has been changing itself with the changing time. He said that the institution which was set up in the year 1961 was a manifestation of the dream of cultural doyen Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala who made the first Assamese film ‘Joymati’. Stating the journey of Assamese film which made its first appearance in the year 1935, CM Sarma said that over the years the films have been a medium which reflect aspirations of the people.
Chief minister Sarma said that considering the fact that films are the means by which tributes can be paid to the culture and persons who promoted the historical and cultural heritage of the state, the state government is preparing a feature film on Bir Lachit Borphukan. The chief minister also said that the state government would also build an auditorium with a 1,500 seat capacity in Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio. On the occasion, chief minister Sarma also thanked different personalities from past and present who have been instrumental in running Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio and brought it to its present status.
Cultural Affairs minister Bimal Bora who was also present on the occasion spoke on the state government’s role in making Jyoti Chitraban a potential platform of film-making. Rajya MP and political secretary of the chief minister Pabitra Margherita, chairman Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Society Bidyasagar Bora also spoke on the occasion.