RICH Tributes Paid To Bhupen Hazarika, Assam’s Cultural Icon

September 8th, 2016 | by e Bangla
RICH Tributes Paid To Bhupen Hazarika, Assam’s Cultural Icon
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PEOPLE from various walks of life in Assam on Thursday paid rich tributes to their revered singer and musician Bhupen Hazarika on his 90th birth anniversary. Dr Bhupen Hazarila (1926–2011) was a lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker. He was a great humanist who had devoted his life to promote universal brotherhood .His compositions have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice and empathy, were popular in Bengal and Bangladesh.
The BJP-led coalition government in Assam headed by Sarbananda Sonowal announced to preserve Hazarika’s residence at Kuthori in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as a state’s heritage site. The house was used by the Bard of Brahmaputra to pen down some of his timeless numbers.
The state government also declared the cultural nerve centre of Assam, Majuli River Island, and the biggest inhabited river island on the planet, a district upgrading its status from a sub-division of Jorhat district. It is construed as a fitting coincidence to declare the state’s cultural nerve centre a district on the birth anniversary of the state’s cultural icon. It was associated with the movement headed by Srimant Sankaradev (1449-1568) for the popularisation of Vaishnavaism.
People started crowding Bhupen Hazarika memorial in the city since morning to pay respects to the renowned singer who carved a niche for himself in the global cultural arena before he died on November 5, 2011.
Hazarika was born on this day in 1926 at Sadiya located in remote eastern corner of the state.
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, after paying tributes, said Hazarika was truly a global citizen who through his songs and musical creations promoted the concept of universal brotherhood for achieving global peace.
Adviser of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Samujjal Bhattacharrya, said Hazarika would always remain in the hearts of people of Assam despite his physical absence. “He was, is and will remain the fountainhead of inspiration for the people of Assam,” he said.
Hazarika’s birth anniversary is also celebrated in a big way in Dhaka in Bangladesh under the aegis of Friends of Bhupen Hazarika which has invited several noted personalities, artistes and intellectuals from the state to join the celebrations there. He was called cultural ambassador for the northeast .His lyrics and songs in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and other languages are still polular.Writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari, who had gone to Dhaka to participate in the celebration, said told The Assam Tribune that she was overwhelmed by the tremendous respect shown by the people from all ages and walks of life of Bangladesh to Bhupen Hazarika.

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