Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Online coverage of Dr Hazarika’s felicitation

GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – In a novel move, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has made arrangements for online coverage of what is being billed as one of the biggest-ever felicitation programmes for Assam’s cultural icon and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Logging on to www.aasu.in one would be able to access the online coverage aimed at facilitating people across the globe to view the proceedings. The website is being designed by Brahmaputra Technology Private Limited.

The two-day felicitation programme would begin from February 14. A statue of Dr Hazarika would be unveiled by the living legend himself at Dighalipukuri premises on February 14.

Divulging this before mediapersons, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, adviser, AASU said that noted artiste Biren Singha is making the statue, which would be made of fibreglass.

“We have seen statues of prominent personalities finding space in the famous Madame Tussauds museum and this would probably be the first time in the North East that a living legend would unveil his own statue, and we appeal to people from a cross-section of society to make the event a historic one by participating in it,” Dr Bhattacharya stated.

He further informed that a massive procession would be taken out from Dr Hazarika’s residence at 11 am on February 14 to the Dighalipukhuri campus before he would unmask the statue.

The students’ body has planned the formal felicitation programme on February 15 at Latasil playground as a mark of love and respect to the maestro.

AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi further informed that cultural troupes of various communities of the North East would perform during the felicitation programme.
Source: The Assam Tribune, 12 Feb 2009