GUWAHATI/DIPHU, Nov 5: Amidst tributes to music maestro Bhupen Hazarika on his 11th death anniversary on Saturday, memorial programmes were organised across the state to mark the occasion and tributes also poured through the social media.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi tweeted, “Like the ever-flowing waters of the Burha Luit, may the words of love, unity and harmony of Sudhakonto (Hazarika) echo through the heart of every Assamese.”
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma posted, “The music of Sudhakonto Bhupen Hazarika will flow through our veins forever. Bhupen Hazarika is in our heartbeats.”
Executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Handloom & Textile, etc., Madhuram Lekthe on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the statue of Bhupen Hazarika near Bakaliaghat Higher Secondary School on the occasion of the 11th death anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
MLA, Bidyasing Engleng; chairman of Bakaliaghat Municipal Board, Hemsing Teron; chairman of Block Level Coordination Committee (BLCC), Bipul Bora; officials of Asomiya Bhashik Sanstha, Assam Sahitya Sabha Bakalia were present on the occasion.
The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Karbi Anglong District Committee (AJYCP KADC) also observed the 11th death anniversary of the bard Bhupen Hazarika at its office here in Bokajan.
The AJYCP KADC paid floral tributes, lit ceremonial lamps and incense sticks in front of the portrait of the bard.
President of AJYCP KADC, Jitu Phukon; advisor, Horen Engti; secretary of Karbi Students Association Bokajan District Committee, Desoi Teron and others were present at the programme.
Asomiya Bhashik Sanstha with Assam Sahitya Sabha and Yuva Sangha also observed the day at Bakalia. A day-long programme “Ekanjali Shradhanjali” was held at Bakaliaghat Higher Secondary Examination Hall to remember Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Various competitions on Bhupendra Sangeet, Dance and essay recitation were also held on the occasion.
Jorhat correspondent adds: Sri Sri Auniati Satra, Majuli, Satradhikar Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami on Saturday unveiled the 9 foot statue of Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Anand Nagar, Seuni Ali near the Bhogdoi bridge on A T Road, on the occasion of the maestro’s 11th death anniversary.
The nine feet tall statue placed atop a 17 feet high platform, has been constructed by Dr Bhupen Hazarika Construction Committee along with Anand Nagar Unnayan Samiti and contributions from the people.
Dr Pitambar Goswami in his address praised Dr Bhupen Hazarika, stating that he was a humanist of the highest order.
Quoting Hazarika’s famous song ‘Manuhe Manuhor baabe…’ Goswami said that the song is about the innate character of a human being and how one human should treat another.
Dr Goswami also said that Hazarika spread the message of love and humanity in the global arena.
He took Assamese culture to new heights within India and abroad.
He further said that Bhupen Hazarika should not only be known as Assam Ratna or Bharat Ratna but as Manav Ratna.
Dr Goswami said that the location of the statue was at the entrance to Jorhat town and would be a constant reminder to the people about the greatness of Dr Hazarika.
In the programme anchored by the secretary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Construction Committee, Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi, former Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami, who is also the president of the organising secretary paid rich tributes to the legend and recalled his invaluable contributions to the cultural sector.
AIIDC chairman Santanu Puzari, Jorhat Press Club president Diganta Buragohain, JMB Ward 12 commissioner Devojyoti Srutikar and sculptor of the statue Dr Ranjit Kumar Baruah, executive president of the Committee Raja Chakravarty attended the ceremony.
The foundation stone of the statue was laid on November 5, 2015, by freedom fighter Prasanna Kumar Goswami (now late).
Nagaon Correspondent adds: Several educational institutions, clubs, socio-cultural organisations, NGOs as well as youth and students’ organisations like All Assam Students’ Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad separately observed the 11th death anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika and commemorated the legendary musical maestro here at Nagaon on Saturday.
The Department of Assamese, Nowgong College (autonomous) observed the death anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika at the college premises. The programme was initiated with garlanding the portrait of the musical maestro by Dr Sarat Borkatoki, principal of the college following which the students as well as other teaching staff of the college paid homage to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
The students from the Department of Assamese performed Dr Hazarika’s evergreen song ‘Manuhe Manuhar Baabe’ as a chorus under special guidance of professor Dr Karabi Devi.
A commemorative programme was also organised around noon which was anchored by Arindam Narayan Sarma, general secretary of college students’ body. Dr Chandan Hazarika, professor, Department of Sanskrit and Dr Achyut Kr Saikia, professor, Department of Assamese attended the programme and also spoke on the occasion. Over 200 students of the college participated in the programme, a release added.
Meanwhile Sadou Asom Gramya Puthi Bharal Sangstha, National Academy, Nagaon, 198 no town Panigaon LP School, Kolongpar Vidyapith Secondary School, Nagaon, cultural institute – ‘Gandhar’, Nagaon Silpi Mancha, Sangskritik Gosthi ‘Kollul’, Nagaon Zila Sahitya Sabha and others also observed the day with day long programmes and commemorated the musical maestro.
During the day, NGOs as well as other organisations also organised a slew of competitions of songs and music as well as recitation of poems created by Sudhakantha Dr Hazarika. Sadou Asom Gramya Puthibharal Sangstha took out a rally titled as ‘Sur Samaloy Yatra’ which was flagged off by radio artiste and singer Digen Mahanta, a release added.
Biswanath Chariali correspondent adds: Dr Bhupen Hazarika was remembered at Biswanath Chariali on his 11th death anniversary amid various activities. The world renowned artiste, the pride of Assam, Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 11th death anniversary was organised by Biswanath Chariali branch of Assam Sahitya Sabha at the conference hall of Biswanath Practicing School with a day-long programme.
The open session of the programme was held with Kamal Chandra Bhuyan, president of the literary body in the chair. Jiten Bhagawati, former president of Sonitpur Zila Sahitya Sabha lit the ceremonial lamps and offered floral tributes in front of the portrait of Dr Hazarika.
Rupjyoti Bordoloi, principal of the school, offered the welcome address.
Khira Kalita, retired professor of THB College graced the occasion as an appointed speaker who had highlighted the life and ideology of the musical bard of Assam. The meeting was also addressed by Bhaswati Badoi, Rana Hazarika beside others.
All the proceedings of the meeting were carried out by Shurjya Bora. The meeting was attended by Jogen Chandra Sarma, Indra Prasad Saikia, Akan Hazarika, Umacharan Bora, Hemant Saikia, Shankar Prasad Sahu, Bhudhar Das and others.