Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, who was present in the event organised by the Cultural Affairs Directorate, presented the 2012 Silpi Bota to well-known musicians Apurba Kumar Das and Dr Dilip Ranjan Barthakur.
Instituted in the memory of Jyotiprasad Agarwala, all of the awards include a cheque for one lakh rupees, a citation, a shawl, and a sorai.
Famous singer and veteran journalist Apurba Kumar Das after receiving the award expressed his joy and thanked the State Government for conferred such an honour on him.
He said that the award will stir him to continue his work in the area of music. He recalled his first forays in singing, which integrated a repertoire of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s songs.
In his acceptance speech, distinguished performing artiste and research scholar Dr Dilip Ranjan Barthakur expressed his happiness and mentioned the need to achieve more studies and documentation on the music of different native communities of Assam and the rest of the North East.
Prior 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 uniqueness of Assam would be unfinished. He congratulated both the awardees for their work in their relevant areas.