Shilp Award to Assamese music director duo
This year, the prestigious Shilp Award was handed over to noted music composer-director duo Jitu-Tapan for their enormous contributions to the field of music in Assam. The Shilp Award was instituted by the Government of Assam to honour people who have contributed significantly to the cultural world. The award is bestowed every year during Shilp Utsav, the death anniversary of Assamese cultural icon Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Jitu and Tapan (Jitu Sharma and Tapan Bhattacharya) literally gave a makeover to the Assamese music industry. Inspired and guided by stalwarts like Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, the duo were also one of the first representatives of Assam to Bollywood, having worked as music directors in as many as 35 Hindi movies and around 7 television serials. Anutaap, Morisika, Tyag, Deuta Dia Bidai, Manab aru Danab, etc are some of the Assamese films where they have worked.
One of their most memorable achievements would be the creation of the song, Asomire sotalote rodalire senehote – one of the most popular and memorable songs in Assamese – which they created in association with Mohammad Rafi.
Both Jitu Sharma and Tapan Bhattacharya, who are related to each other by blood, grew up in Jorhat district of Assam. Having begun their early lesions in music under Darpanath Sharma and Shyam Sunder, both were deeply engrossed in the world of music from a very early age. Receiving the award from Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, soft-spoken Jitu said that the recognition had made him the happiest person in the world.