| Children pay tribute to Bhupen Hazarika at Polo Ground in Tezpur on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Sept. 8: A host of cultural programmes were organised across the state today to mark Bhupen Hazarika’s 87th birth anniversary.
The numerous events bore testimony to the fact that love and respect for the Jajabor among the people of Assam has only grown with time.
In Jorhat, several functions were held to mark the maestro’s birth anniversary. At a function organised in Gandhi Park by Sangitom, a cultural organisation, several local artistes sang Hazarika’s songs and children participated in an art competition. At Kala Bhawan, a meeting was organised where people paid tributes to Hazarika.
At Borhola in Titabar sub-division in Jorhat district, the Asam Sahitya Sabha organised a lecture on the songs and life of the legend.
The Dr Bhupen Hazarika Literary and Cultural Forum organised a cultural programme near Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati where poet Amarjyoti Choudhury recited a poem in tribute to the singer.
At Jalukbari, teachers and students of Gauhati University organised a cultural procession and lit lamps at Hazarika’s xamadhithal.
Programmes were also organised in New Delhi and Mumbai to observe the singer’s birth anniversary.
Singer Usha Mangeshkar attended a cultural programme at Lakhimpur.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) brought together the best singers from different colleges and universities across the state to perform Hazarika’s selected songs at a cultural evening near Dighalipukhuri.
“Bhupenda had a dream of uniting communities. Our programme is an effort to bring all communities together in a bid to show that unlike politics, culture can be a uniting force,” said AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya.
At Tezpur, a daylong tribute was organised by the Tezpur Sahitya Sabha at its office. Pithiraj Rabha, son of Bishnu Prasad Rabha, and Sabha president Purneswar Nath, attended the programme.
Nripen Hazarika, brother of Bhupen Hazarika, and Bishnu Rabha Award winner Santi Sankar Das, among others, paid tributes at Tezpur Jyoti Bharati. A children’s park named after the singer was also inaugurated at Tezpur polo field. In the evening, a cultural programme was organised at Ban Theatre in Tezpur.
Ulfa (Independent) also celebrated the singer’s birth anniversary at its mobile headquarters by organising a cultural programme. In a statement emailed to the media on Sunday evening, it said members of many “revolutionary groups” of Southeast Asia sang Hazarika’s songs in their own language.
The Assam government will celebrate the bard’s birth anniversary as Unity and Harmony Day from next year, chief minister Tarun Gogoi announced at a function held at Gauhati University in Jalukbari where the musician was cremated.