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Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika commemorated on his 96th birth anniversary

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HT BureauGUWAHATI, Sept 8: The employees of LGBI Airport, Guwahati fondly remembered music maestro Bhupen Hazarika by paying a floral tribute and by recollecting his enormous contribution to Indian music, cinema and literature.

In presence of more than 100 airport officials, CAO Utpal Baruah highlighted the journey of Assam’s most lovable son of all time. He spoke to the gathering explaining the illustrious journey of the bard from the bank of Brahmaputra whose sweet symphony was acknowledged across the globe from Ganga to Mississippi. Baruah encompassed his life journey and contribution reciting many of his verses from songs. He also included the contribution of Bhupen Hazarika in the field of cultural, political and social areas.

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He said, “Bhupen Hazarika gave feelings to all emotions that an Assamese person may have in any situation. He is perhaps the most revered soul of Assam, adorable after Shrimanta Shankardev and Madhabdev.”Our Morigaon correspondent adds: The 96th birth anniversary of the music legend Dr Bhupen Hazarika was celebrated by Morigaon District Journalist Association (MDJA) on Thursday.

On the eve of the 96th birth anniversary, the Journalist Association organised a meeting under the presidency of Dr. Birinchi Sarma which was conducted by the secretary Jitumoni Nath.

Earlier senior journalists Upen Deka, Mahendra Nath Hazarika, Pratap Hazarika, Bubumoni Goswami, Jagadish Nath, Ajit Sarma, Ritumoni Mahanta and Kalpataru Choudhary offered floral tribute at the portrait of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Senior journalist and journalist pension holder Upen Deka spoke on the music legend at length in the meeting.Our Tezpur correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the state, music maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika was remembered by numerous organisations in Sonitpur district. In Tezpur, a rich tribute was paid to the music legend Dr. Bhupen Hazarika on his 96th birth anniversary at Bhupen Hazarika Kalabhumi by the Sonitpur district administration.

Remembering the unmatched contribution of the great cultural icon towards the music world, Sonitpur DC Debakumar Mishra started the shradhanjali programme by illuminating earthen lamps before the statue of the Bharat Ratna at Kalabhumi here.

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Among other dignitaries, the programme was graced by Baan Theatre president, Bankim Sarma, ex-president, Mahendra Nath Keot, CEO, Sonitpur Zilla Parishad, Karabi Saikia Karan, ADC, Romy Baruah, Pankaj Nagbonshi, president of Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, Dr. Bhupen Saikia, vice president of Asomiya Club Pankaj Borah, District Cultural Development officer Jiten Kumar Das, artist Kamal Rashid Ahmed, principal of Jyoti Kala Kendra Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Likhan Sarma, general secretary of Baan Theatre Jitumani Deva Choudhury, Dr. Gopal Bordaloi and Jintu Borthakur.

Paying his rich tribute to the great artist, Deba Kumar Mishra said, “Bhupen Hazarika Kalabhumi which came into being in a few years would be transformed into a more attractive site.”

Renowned lyricist Bankim Sarma recalled the memory and attachment he had with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Dr. Bhupen Saikia, president, Sahitya Sabha expressed his concern that there are very few successors of the great artist around the state.

The event was conducted by Assam Sahitya Sabha publicity convenor Pankaj Baruah.Meanwhile Baan Theatre Tezpur and Jyoti Bharati (POKI), Sudhakantha Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Kala Sangeet Academy, Bihaguri and several organisations here also organised various programmes to commemorate the day.

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Our Nagaon correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the state, with a day-long agenda, various cultural organisations of Nagaon observed the 96th birth anniversary of great legendary musical maestro – ‘Sudhakantha’ Dr Bhupen Hazarika here at Nagaon on Thursday.

Silpi Somaj, Asom, a prominent cultural organisation of the state celebrated the birth anniversary of ‘Bhupen Da’ centrally with a three day long programme. The programme was initiated here at the compound of Nagaon district library with an unfurling flag. Over five hundred artistes, teachers as well as students from various educational institutions participated in a chorus and sang the evergreen song of Dr Bhupen Hazarika – ‘Manuhe Manuhar Babee’.

Similarly, with a day-long programme, ‘Asomiya Sahitya Sammilani’ also observed the birth anniversary of ‘Sudhakantha’ at Nagaon Pensioners’ Bhavan.

Retired physician and former joint director of Nagaon District Health Services and district president of Sahitya Sammilani, Dr Risheswar Thengal Saikia chaired the programme and Dr Praneswar Nath, social activist Mukut Bhuyan graced the occasion as chief as well as special guests respectively. Besides, Dr Sagor Boruah, the state president of the organisation was also present in the programme.

Noted Assamese storytellers Sibananda Kakoti and Bhadreswar Rajkhuwa ceremonially released two books penned by Suren Kr Bora and Pritismita Bora. Besides, a host of programmes as well as competitions on Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s songs and music were also conducted among the students during the day.

‘Silpi Kanon’ Asom, another leading cultural organisation also observed the day here at Nagaon Swahid Bhavan where the members as well as other dignitaries of the town paid floral homage and tribute at the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

Srimanta Sankardev Mission, a prominent human welfare organisation of north-east India also celebrated the birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika at its Panigaon Chariali based head office. The president of the organisation – Premeswar Das and other portfolios of the organisation paid floral tributes to the portrait of great musical maestro Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

Similarly, Silpi Mancha, Nagaon also observed the birth anniversary of Dr Hazarika and also felicitated three noted singers as well as artistes of the district on the occasion for their outstanding dedication and performance in the field, a release added.

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