Jorhat, Oct. 30: The Asam Sahitya Sabha will pay tribute to Bhupen Hazarika by spreading the bard’s message of bringing the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys closer.
The Sabha will take out a special Maitri Yatra (friendship procession) to commemorate Hazarika’s second death anniversary on November 5. This procession will wind its way through the three Barak valley districts — making stops at Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi towns.
A 17-member delegation, led by Sahitya Sabha president Imran Shah, will be part of the Maitri Yatra.
The delegation will include former Sabha president Rong Bong Terang, vice-president Parmananda Rajbonshi and general secretary Prahlad Tasa. “The objective of observing Hazarika’s second death anniversary centrally in Barak valley is to foster brotherhood between the people of that valley with the Brahmaputra valley,” Rajbonsi told The Telegraph today.
Throughout his life, Hazarika visited every corner of Assam and strove to promote peace and unity among various communities and tribes, Rajbonsi said.
He said the delegation would begin the Yatra on a special bus from Guwahati on November 4.
Before reaching Silchar, it would make brief stops on the way to interact with local residents.
Local Sabha units with assistance from respective district administrations have formed organising committees in the three Barak valley districts by including representatives of different communities, including the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, Rajbonsi said.
He said functions to pay tribute to Hazarika would be held at the district library auditoriums of Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
The Yatra will reach Silchar on the morning of November 5 where a function will be held followed by a foundation stone-laying ceremony to install a statue of Hazarika in the town.
A seminar on the life of the maestro and the impact of his songs on society will be organised in the afternoon the same day.
In the evening, artistes from various groups and communities of the Barak valley will come together at a programme where Hazarika’s songs will be sung in different languages.
The Yatra will move to Hailakandi the following day. There, a function to offer tribute to the legend will be held in the morning followed by an open meeting on his life and contributions.
In the evening, a cultural function will be organised in adjoining Karimganj district.
On November 7, the Sabha delegation will go to Lala village in Hailakandi district. Lala was the birthplace of Barak valley’s well-known literary figure Rajmohan Nath, who wrote several books in Bengali, Assamese and English.
During the Yatra, the delegation will also hold meetings with local Sabha units on preparations for the yearlong celebrations of Laxminath Bezbarua’s 150th birth anniversary.
The anniversary celebrations were launched on October 14 at Ahotguri (the birthplace of Bezbarua) in Morigaon district.
Celebrations are planned across the state and also in Calcutta, Sambalpur in Odisha and New Delhi.