Friday, February 13, 2009

AASU organises tribute to bard- Bhupen Hazarika will unveil his life-size statue on Saturday

Guwahati, Feb. 11: In a unique tribute to music legend Bhupen Hazarika, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will install a life-size statue of the singer on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri here.

Hazarika, who will himself unveil the statue on Saturday, will be brought to the site in a colourful cultural procession starting from his residence at Nizarapar in Chandmari.

Various cultural groups, students and eminent personalities will participate in the procession. During the procession the evergreen songs of Hazarika will be sung by various groups.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said Hazarika’s contributions had made Assam proud and known across the world and thus the singer deserved the best of tributes during his lifetime.

“We always try to do something different to pay tribute to a great personality after his or her death. But for a personality like Hazarika who is larger than life, it will be an injustice to follow convention. The singer has become a global citizen and he must see how the Assamese people are indebted to him for his contributions during his lifetime.

“The AASU’s initiative is in line with the installation of life-size wax models of Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan at the world-famous Madame Tussauds,” Bhattacharyya said.

Refusing to divulge details about the statue, Bhattacharyya said eminent sculptor Biren Sinha was giving final touches to it.

According to him, the statue will be installed in a way so that it catches the attention of all those who pass by Dighalipukhuri along the city’s arterial GNB Road.

AASU president Sankar Prasad Rai said the students’ organisation had planned to install the statue more than a year ago after having discussion with experts and prominent citizens from different walks of life.

“The organisation had to carry out a comprehensive exercise before going for the project. It was a very sensitive issue and we were a little apprehensive about Hazarika’s response. The selection of a suitable place for the installation of the statue was another crucial issue as the city faces an acute dearth of open public space. Finally, we have got the best possible site,” AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said.

Bhattacharyya said the AASU would organise a public felicitation ceremony for Hazarika at the Latasil playground on Sunday.

People from different castes, creeds, communities and religions across the Northeast would come down to pay their tribute to Hazarika, he said. “No one should miss the opportunity to felicitate Hazarika.”

Source: The Telegrapg , 12Feb 2009