Glowing tributes paid to Bhupen Hazarika on 8th death anniversary

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GUWAHATI, Nov 5: Glowing tributes were paid to Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of his 8th death anniversary on Tuesday.

All Assam Students Union (AASU) paid tributes to the music maestro by lighting 10,000 earthen lamps at Dighalipukhuri here on Tuesday. AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and chief adviser Dr samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya were also present in the programme.

A special programme “mur geetor hejar shruta” was organised by state cultural affairs department at Ravindra Bhawan here to mark the occasion. The welcome address was given by director of cultural affairs Bishnu Kamal Bora. Social activist Mojon Bora, former commissioner of cultural affairs Swapnil Barua. The musical night was conducted under the direction of music director Ramen Choudhury. Preetish Manoj Bora’s performance enthralled the audience in the function.

In Bokajan, Karbi Anglong unit of Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva Chatra Parisad (AJYCP) paid tribute to Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika on his 8th death anniversary in a function at its office here Tuesday. Karbi Anglong AJYCP president Jitu Phukon and others were present on the occasion. A series of competition on Bhupendra Sangeet was organised. In the evening a cultural nite was organised. The day was also observed at Bakalia.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took part in another programme organised by cultural affairs department at the premises of the late doyen’s Samadhi Kshetra at Jalukbari in the city. Urging the people to follow the ideals propagated by Dr. Hazarika in songs like “We’re in the Same Boat Brother” and “Jilikabo Luitore Paar”, Sonowal said that people must realise the true essence of Dr Hazarika’s songs so that the Assam’s true potential could be harnessed to propel it on the path of rapid development. It is paramount to leave narrow mindedness to excel in today’s competitive world equipped with knowledge, he asserted.

Saying that many of Dr Hazarika’s songs were imbued with spirituality and devotion, the Chief Minister stated that people must always be guided by conscience and morality to fulfil the idea of a just and humane society. He also urged the youth to take the responsibility of ushering in a period of development and growth for Assam through hardwork and dedication and he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s untiring zeal to make India a top country as an inspiring example.

The chief minister called on the youth of the state to work for preserving the unity and harmony of the Assamese society in the face newer challenges. Dr. Hazarika’s songs carried deeper meanings of life and they were not just mere words of literature, he said. Urging all sections of the society to join hands to sustain peace and harmony in the state, Sonowal said that it is important to leave behind all limitations to build a society on peace and happiness.

Minister for cultural affairs Naba Kumar Doley, legal and media advisers to the chief minister Shantanu Bharali and Hrishikesh Goswami, MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, director of cultural affairs Bishnu Kamal Bora were also present among others.

In Nagaon, hundreds of socio-cultural organisations observed the 8th death anniversary of the Bhupen Hazarika in various places in the district. Nagaon Zila Sahitya Sabha, Silpi Kanon, Asom, Sodou Asom Gramya Puthibhoral Sangstha, Gandhar (a cultural institution) organised day-long programmes to observe the day.

People from various walk of life paid floral tributes to the portrait of Bhupen Hazarika in a day-long programme organised by Ankur Sangha jointly with Hojai District Sahitya Sabha and Samnavaya Ekamancha on Tuesday. A statue of the music maestro was also unveiled by former vice chancellor of Gauhati University Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury. An open meeting was also organised with Dr. SD Goswami in the chair. Hojai deputy commissioner Tanmoy Pratim Borgohain and vice-chancellor of Rabindranath Tagore University, Dr. Amlendu Chakraborty were also present in the programme.

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