Sunday, January 23, 2011

Museum in honour of Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The man who has embedded himself in the hearts of thousands through his evergreen numbers and has always been looked upon as an inspiration will have a museum in his name at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.

The ‘Dr Bhupen Hazarika Museum’ which will be inaugurated on January 25 will display about 4000 objects owned by the living legend right to his dear chair that has been a silent witness to the creative genius of the artiste.

An existing building has been turned into this unique museum by Kalakshetra Society without any outside support so far. Secretary of the society C Rajkhowa while talking to The Assam Tribune said that the museum will be one of the greatest assets of Kalakshetra. “It is a moment of pride for Kalakshetra because we could come up with a project that is a mark of love and respect for a living legend whose contribution to the society and the cultural world is matchless,” said Rajkhowa adding that the place will exhibit all the awards and citations won by Dr Hazarika.

The museum will also provide a glimpse into the life and contributions of the maestro whose songs have revolved on a wide range of themes. The things that will adorn the museum will include the objects that have been used by the artiste in his daily life like his bed, characteristic apparels, gramophone, harmonium and many more.

Rare photographs capturing different moments of his life will also be on exhibit.

“Since 2008, we started collecting the items for our museum, and many are yet to come,” informed Rajkhowa.

It needs to be mentioned here that visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to listen to the numbers of Dr Hazarika as well as watch his films.

What Kalakshetra is looking towards now is to catch the attention of the young generation of the State as it feels that this latest addition to its existing treasures will be able to give a direction to the youth.