Friday, January 30, 2009

Assam Ratna confered to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

The Assam Government confered the highest civilian award, the Asom Ratna Award, on music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for performing Arts in Guwahati. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the first-ever award to the maestro. The award consists of a citation and bank draft for Rs. 3 lakh. Several cultural programmes are being lined up for the grand evening. A group of 50 artistes - both veteran and budding from the state will pay a musical tribute to Dr Hazarika by rendering one of his immortal compositions at the function.