Saturday, November 3, 2012

State gears up for Bhupenda’s death anniversary

STAFF REPORTER , The Assam Tribune, Nov 3,2012

GUWAHATI, Nov 2 – The State has geared up to observe the first death anniversary of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika in a befitting manner on November 5. 

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will observe the day centrally at Dighalipukhuripar before the statue of Dr Hazarika. To mark the occasion, ten thousand earthen lamps will be lighted before his statue in the evening. 

It will also be observed across the State under the aegis of the district, sub-divisional and local units of the AASU. 

The Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Samaj will observe the occasion – titled Sudhakantha Divas – with a daylong programme at the Kalakshetra campus, beginning with an all-faith prayer at the sepulcher of the maestro at 9 am. 

It will be followed by a seminar on the songs and music of Dr Hazarika at 11 am, an exhibition on him at 2 pm, and culminating with a musical evening from 5 pm.
The Kalakshetra Samaj has also appealed to the people and organizations to provide displayable materials associated with Dr Hazarika’s memory for the exhibition.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Byatikram MASDO is organizing Sharddhanjali -- a tribute-paying ceremony to music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his first death anniversary at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre, Machkhowa, from 6 pm on November 3. 

A host of artistes including Samar Hazarika, Kamal Katoky, Dr Himleena Gautam, Asha Katoki, Mousumi Saharia, Sushanta Choudhuri, Ranjan Bezbaruah and Jahnabi Choudhuri will perform at the function.
The State Government under the aegis of the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, and the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, is going to organize the first Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Lecture at the Rabindra Bhawan at 4-30 pm on November 5.
The lecture will be delivered by Sunit Tandon, Director General of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi on ‘Reflections on the State of Television News in India.’ The programme will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Minister of Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan and Information and Public Relations Minister Basanta Das will grace the occasion as guests of honour, while Srinath Baruah, Vice Chancellor of KKHSOU will preside over the function. The memorial lecture will be followed by a cultural programme. 

All India radio (AIR), Prasar Bharati will observe the occasion at the Rabindra Bhawan from 6 pm on November 4. 

The Jatiya Divas Udjapan Mancha, Kumarpara, will observe the day by forming a human chain at the Kumarpara Panch Ali intersection at 11 am, taking a pledge and singing the maestro’s immortal number manuhe manuhor babe in unison in response to the call given by the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Literary and Cultural Forum.
In the evening, the Mancha will organize a brief cultural function where Dr Satyen Choudhury will play several numbers of Dr Hazarika in the violin. Barasha Das, Nityananda Deka, Kamal Kataky and Asha Kataky will also perform at the function.