Monday, May 7, 2012

Bhupenda Unsung!

Just after six months of departure of the cultural icon and balladeer of the Brahmaputra Dr Bhupen Hazarika to his heavenly abode, Sur Sandhani, a cultural group comprising senior singing artistes and the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust jointly organised a memorial programme including a Sarva Dharma Prarthana on Saturday at the cremation site of the legend in the Gauhati University campus at Jalukbari. As per reports, the memorial function turned out to be a very poor show with a thin attendance of only 150 people, where members and artistes of the two organisers too were missing. Shocking, as revealed by Bhupen Hazarika’s sister-in-law Manisha Hazarika, that all the younger brothers of Hazarika were conspicuous by their absence. So also the students of Gauhati University except a few representatives of the Aasu. Hazarika’s long-time companion in life, Kalpana Lajmi came from Mumbai to offer Teel Havan on Sunday in the tradition of the Saraswat Brahmins. Ultimately, it appeared that instead of a day of commemoration, it was observed as a day of six monthly rituals which is somewhat uncommon and uncustomary in this part of the country. Manisha Hazarika, on behalf of the organisers expressed sorrow and surprise at the behaviour of the same set of people who only six months ago at the Judges’ Field and at the cremation ground, incessantly for days and nights together, thronged in millions to pay last homage to “our own great Bhupenda”. So, the organisers have every reason to be hurt by the conduct of the cultural elite of the society; but at the same time the people too have the liberty to accept or decline an invitation either on the grounds of convenience or choice. Read more