Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lubna Marium honoured with Bhupen Hazarika solidarity award

Eminent researcher-dancer Lubna Marium has been honoured with the first Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award 2013 in Assam, India.

 Asam Sahitya Sabha, India’s one of the pioneering literary and socio-cultural organisations, conferred the award to Marium at a glittering function held on Thursday at Rabindra Bhawan.

Assam chief minister Shri Tarun Gogoi was the chief guest of the programme presided over by Shri Imran Shah, a distinguished writer and also the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

The award consists a citation, a trophy, a traditional Assamese soraai and token money of Rs two lakh.
Asam Sahitya Sabha has instituted the award in association with Numaligarh Refinery Limited, an enterprise of the Indian government.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika was an icon musician of Assam and his death has orphaned the greater Assamese nationality. A former President of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Hazarika was the key person to pave the way for Assam’s music to the national and international level.

Asam Sahitya Sabha has decided to honour Dr Hazarika with the title ‘Bishwaratna’ and also to introduce ‘Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award’ once in every two years.

Sharing her response after getting the honour, Lubna Marium in a written statement told New Age, ‘I am truly overwhelmed.  But, also feel that now we must all make more efforts to build bridges.’
‘It has been a humbling experience.  There was so much love and respect showered on me because of ASS and Bhupen Hazarika, but total confusion about why ASS had chosen a Bangladeshi woman for an award which means so much to them.  The truth is that Assam does not know Bangladesh at all,’ she added.
Marium further said, ‘The other interesting fact is that the “Indian” rhetoric is almost missing in Assam.  At times I forgot that I was in India.’

‘Not very surprisingly, Assamese culture, language, food is almost exactly like ours.  People are so loving and affectionate, just like in Bangladesh,’ she added.
Source : , 29 March 2013