It was April 1 of 1967 when the legendary singer Mohammad Rafi during a musical programme at Jorhat, discovered the magic of young musicians Jitu Sarma and Tapan Bhattacharya. The next day, on Rafi’s demand, the song ‘Asomire Sotalote’ came into existence. Music director duo Jitu-Tapan’s foray into the musical world was mainly because of Jitu Sarma’s father Darpanath Sarma, himself an acclaimed musician. Stories like this and many more were narrated by Jitu-Tapan themselves and by their friends and admirers at the ‘Rongote Nase Pokhili’ programme organised under the aegis of pioneer socio-cultural organisation Jyotirupa at the District Library recently.
Giving music to several popular Assamese films, the musical duo did not limit their talent to the musical podium of Assam, and gave their music to Hindi, Gujarati and Bhojpuri films and a number of TV serials, telefilms, documentaries, videos and numerous other projects.
It was nostalgia when the memories of ‘Manab Aru Danab’ were revived as the film’s music directors Jitu-Tapan, lead actor Nipon Goswami and actor Dinesh Das portraying the role of a villain in the movie got together on the occasion. It was the first film released with Jitu-Tapan as music directors.
‘Ei Shaharar Mastana’, a popular song from the film, written by Nurul Hoque was presented by the singer Dwipen Barua. The musical evening started with the presentation of ‘Asomire Sotalote’ by Aman Ahmed and continued with other heartwarming renditions like ‘O Madhumita’ by Rupanjali Barua, ‘Muloi Tumar Baru Morom Kiman’ by Padmanabh Bordoloi and Abhishritu Bezbarua, and ‘Jodi Kahaniba Surbor Shesh Hoi’ by Cultural Affairs Director Deba Prasad Misra among others. Earlier, Jyotirupa’s general secretary Naren Hazarika delivered the welcome speech and one of the vice presidents of the organisation, Dilip Barua read out the citations given to both the artistes. Jyotirupa has been playing a pioneering role in holding cultural programmes with the stalwarts of cultural and literary worlds of the State. Music director duo Jitu Sarma and Tapan Bhattacharya have given music to nearly 37 Hindi films. Their memorable Assamese films include ‘Manab Aru Danab’, ‘Adalat’, ‘Megh’, ‘Tyag’, ‘Deuta Diya Bidaai’ among others.