Saturday, September 10, 2016

The melody lingers on

‘Jookto’ is an initiative to connect people and minds from different cultures over similar ideas through multiple platforms.

Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, attended the event as a distinguished guest. During his speech, Supriyo, who himself is a singer, mentioned that he feels fortunate that he got a chance to work with Hazarika. He believes that the doyen singer continues to stay in people’s hearts and memories through his music and that his legacy should be carried forward.

“I do not believe in death. I think souls continue to live on even as the bodies cease to exist. He (Hazarika) is somewhere here, breathing with us and listening to the music that celebrates his name,” he added. ‘Jookto’ co-founder Subimal Bhattacharjee, while delivering the welcome speech called Hazarika a genius, and a rare human being who was God’s gift to mankind. “Bhupen Hazarika is an inspiration to the present and the future generations because of his message to the people to preserve humanity and to unite one and all” he said.

A panel involving Subhalakshmi Khan, Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Kumar Sanjay Krishna and Sanajay Hazarika discussed the music veteran’s contribution and work towards human integration and unity. The discussion was moderated by Utpal Borpujari.

During the discussion, the panelists shared their individual memories of Hazarika. Subhalakshmi Khan who was closely acquainted with Hazarika said, “He was the man of masses who knew what to compose according to situation.”

Violinist Sunita Bhuyan, and singer Ashimjyoti Baruah paid musical tributes to the singer. Bhuyan played various songs including ‘Buku Hum Hum Kare’ composed by Hazarika. She also played a fusion of Scottish and Assamese folk song.

The event also marked the launch of ‘Bordoisila’ an initiative to uphold, protect, and preserve the Assamese culture globally. It was followed by a video message from the film director Kalpana Lajami.


Born on September 8 1926, in Sadiya, Assam, Bhupen Hazarika is known for thousands of songs written and sung mainly in Assamese. He is also known for introducing Assamese folk song, music, and culture to the Hindi film industry.  He received various awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padmshri, and Padmabhusan for his contributions to music industry.