Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Musical concert at London on Bhupen Hazarika's birthday

Works of musical maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika will be celebrated before a global audience at Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom, by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) on September 16 next.

The event will be chaired by Dr Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of lndia, and Mr Khodeker M Talha, Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh, is expected to be the guest of honour, a FASS statement said here today.

Dr Hazarika's vision encompassed the entire world, reflecting the mood and passion of the oppressed and downtrodden in his ballads and folk tunes he picked up from different soils he came across.

Rini Kakati, the organiser and FASS Coordinator for UK, said a concert on the occasion is a "significant step in our endeavour to take Bhupen da to the global forum. On his 90th birth anniversary, Indian and Bangladeshi artists will be united to celebrate his musical journey."

The programme will be compered by Lalit Mohan Joshi, co-founder of the South Asian Cinema Foundation, a film historian, critic and former BBC Broadcast Journalist with illustrated talk, power point presentation of the film clip "Bhupen Hazarika" and a musical concert.

Nahid Afrin, a popular young singer from Assam, and Romen Choudhury, famous accordian player of Assam - All India Radio, will perform along renowned artists from India, Bangladesh and Assam.

The invited dignitaries are Sankar Prosad Kakoti Bora, Regional Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Lord Meghnad Desai, Lord Sheikh and Lady Sheikh, Ashish Ray (London based journalist), Kailash Budhwar (Former Head of BBC Hindi Service) and Rita Payne (President, Commonwealth Journalist Association).