Friday, September 14, 2007

Book to shed light on political lives of Kalaguru, Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Aug 26 – We know one of them as the doyen of music and arts in the State while the other is a considered as a living legend worldwide in the identical field.

Though both Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rava and Dr Bhupen Hazarika have contributed immensely in the field of art and culture, their political lives have always been a subject of debate. Here comes a book, which will unveil the political contributions of both these legends of Assam for the first time.

If writer Nilomoni Sen Deka’s in-depth analysis of the subject is to be considered then both the revolutionary artistes of Assam can be credited for raising some of the core issues of the State in the floor of the Assembly during their stints as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).

The book Asom Bidhan Sabhar Majiat Bishnu Prasad Rava, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, arguably the first of its kind, will tell how Rabha and Hazarika spoke at length about the definition of Assamese and also why sale of liquor should not be banned in the State. Both the artists were against the ban of liquor in some of the districts of Assam.

“If sale of liquor is banned then our youngsters would move to bordering areas of Bhutan and there is every possibility that they would end up having illicit relationship with Bhutanese women there,” the book roughly quotes both these artistes endorsing the statement in the floor of the Assembly.

The book priced at Rs 75 will be released very soon under Journal Emporium, a Nalbari- based publication house.

“ I have worked day in and day out for the book and I am sure that the people of Assam would acquaint themselves with new things about both these legendry artistes,” said Nilomoni Sen Deka while talking to The Assam Tribune.

Deka has collected copies of all the speeches delivered in the floor of the Assembly by both these artiste- turned politicians from the State Assembly.

Both Rava and Hazarika enjoyed their stint as MLAs from 1967 to 1971 under the Chief Ministership of Bimala Prasad Chaliha.

“ I don’t say that they were successful politicians but they had contributed in one way or the other during their political career. It is up to the readers to decide once they read the book,” Deka opined.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 27 August 2007

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