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Fans to raise toast to jajabor

Sept. 7: Residents in the city are getting ready to celebrate the 86th birth anniversary of their dearest Bhupenda — the eternal jajabor — tomorrow.

People are eagerly waiting to pay their homage to the memory of the great poet and sing his immortal compositions on this memorable day.

On this occasion, Jajabor, a socio-cultural organisation, has organised a cultural programme at Chandmari, which also houses the statue of folk artist Pratima Pandey Baruah, to pay tribute to the legendary artist. Artiste Kamak Kataky, closely associated with Bhupen Hazarika during his lifetime, will also be present on the occasion.

During the programme, several artistes will sing immortal melodies composed by Hazarika, but will specifically concentrate on peace songs by the great singer. The public can also join them in their rendition. The organisers have also appealed to the public to spread the message of peace and brotherhood through the songs.

“Bhupenda was a great singer who had always tried to spread the message of love, peace and brotherhood among all sections of society. He can rightly be called the uniting force that tried to bond different sections and communities through his inspiring songs. So, on the great day of his birth anniversary, we will gather in Chandmari to pay tribute to him. Several artistes will sing the melodies composed by him. We are sure the public will also join us in the programme,” said Debojit Majumdar, secretary of Jajabor.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), in association with the All Guwahati Students’ Union and the All Kamrup District Students’ Union, has organised a cultural function at Dighalipukhuri tomorrow evening to pay tribute to the great singer. They will also light earthen lamps and pay floral tributes at the statue of Bhupen Hazarika at Dighalipukhuri on the occasion.

“We will hold a programme in the memory Bhupenda today. The best male and female singers from different colleges and universities of the state will participate in it and sing various songs composed by the singer,” said AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi.