Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, the first film maker of Assamese Film “Joymoti” was born on 17th June , 1903 in Tamulbari Tea Estate of Dibrugarh. Hos father was Paramadan Agarwalla and mother was Kironmoyee. Forefather of Jyotiprasad came to Assam from Rajasthan in the year 1811. Jyoti Prasad was a true Assamese in heart and the Rupkonwar of Assam. Jyoti Prasads death anniversary i.e 17th January is celebrated as “Xilpi Divas” in Assam in his honour.
Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwall was a great writer of Assam, who had written dramas, poems, songs and films. He is an Assamese cultural icon, deeply revered for his creative vision and popularly called Rupkonwar of Assamese culture. Rupkonwar started his education in Tezpur government high school and completed matriculation in the year 1921. He has joined National College in Calcutta and completed his I.A. In the year 1926 he went to Edinburgh university, UK to study economics. After Edinburgh, he went to Germany and spent seven months in UFA studio and learned film making. He came back to Assam in the year 1930.
Jyoti Prasad started writing at the age of 14 years. He wrote the famous play “Sunit Kunwari” and “Joymoti” at his early age. In the year 1934 Jyoti Prasad established Citrabon Studio at the Bhulaguri Tea Estate and produced Joymoti in the year 1935. In the year 1937 he produced Indramalati. Jyotiprasad also republished the newspaper “Asomiya” but eventually it was closed down too.
Jyoti Prasad wrote more than 300 songs and gave music to most of them. This songs collection is known as Jyoti Sangeet.
In the year 193 he marrid Devjani Bhuyan who helped him throughout his life. He died on 17th January 1951 at the age of 48.
In the year 1961, the government established a public sector studio, the first of its kind in India,at Guwahati in Rupkonwars memory.
The Mahabahoo group fondly remember him on this day i.e 17th January and celebrates silpi Divas in his honour.