Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Majaw honoured with Bhupen Hazarika award

Guwahati: Popular musician Lou Majaw was presented the 4th Bhupen Hazarika National Award in the city on Monday. Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit presented the award to Lou at the governor house.

"I'm honoured and humbled. This is not just for me but for all songwriters," Lou said after receiving the award.

The award consists of a citation and a cheque of Rs 51,000. Known as India's Bob Dylan, Lou has been associated with music for the last five decades. Every year, he brings together folk and rock artistes from across the country together to celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday in Shillong. His efforts have brought together several musicians, besides reinforcing Shillong's status as the rock capital of the northeast.

When asked about his association with Bhupen Hazarika, Lou said they had known each other since the 1970s.

Purohit said Bhupen Hazarika was a towering and a great musician, singer, poet who projected Assam in the mainstream through art and culture.

The governor congratulated Majaw and said he has carved a niche for himself through his music. He asked Majaw to serve the nation through his music. "His songs should strengthen the spirit of patriotism in the young generation, inspiring the youth to take up music and make a difference to society," said Purohit.

Pune-based social organization Sarhad had instituted the award in 2012 in the name of Bhupen Hazarika, one of the greatest musical doyens from the region.

The award is given each year to those from the northeast who have been trying to connect the region with the rest of the country in their respective fields.

Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua was the first to receive the award.