Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dr Bhupen Hazarika remembered

GUWAHATI, Sept 8 – The State today remembered its most beloved music icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 88th birth anniversary. The occasion was marked by homage-paying ceremonies and cultural functions.
 
The State Government observed the occasion under the aegis of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra. Cultural Affairs Minister Pranati Phukan said that the Bhupen Hazarika Memorial at Jalukbari would be completed by November next year (2015). She added that an amount of Rs 2 crore had been released for the purpose and that funds would not be a constraint.
 
The city too had its fair share of the maestro’s birth anniversary celebrations, with various organizations observing the occasion in a befitting manner. The funeral site of Dr Hazarika at Jalukbari was visited by people in large numbers since the morning hours to pay their respects to the maestro. Among those who visited the site was Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also announced that the Bhupen Hazarika memorial would be completed within 2015.
 
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)-organized function at Dighalipukhuripar drew crowds in large numbers in the evening, as 37 young singers representing various colleges and universities mesmerized the audience with their soulful rendering of the legend’s numbers. Earlier, tributes were paid to Dr Hazarika’s statue in the morning. The day was also observed at the Nizarapar residence of Dr Hazarika.
 
“Through this programme commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, we want to pay homage to the maestro besides promoting his invaluable creations among the young generation,” AASU general secretary Tapan Gogoi said.
 
The Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust, in association with Sonapur College, celebrated the occasion – titled as ‘Xomonnoy Divas’ – at the college campus on September 7 and 8. On the concluding day today, a statue of Dr Hazarika was unveiled by eminent artiste Lou Majaw. Earlier in the day, a cultural procession, ‘xomonnoy’ (integration) meeting, felicitation to mountaineers, and cultural functions were held.
 
The Students’ Federation of India, Kamrup City Committee organized a street play titled Moi Kon at Gauhati University and Cotton College State University besides Handique Girls’ College, B Borooah College, Arya Vidyapith College, Guwahati College and Narengi Anchalik Mahavidyalay. The play was based on issues concerning education and unemployment.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 09 Sep 2014