The State today fondly remembered the bard of Brahmaputra Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his eighth death anniversary. Musical tributes were paid to the legendary music maestro, who had left for his heavenly abode on this day in 2011.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid his tributes to the cultural icon in a programme organised by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs at Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s Samadhi Kshetra at Jalukbari here.
“If we have to take forward Assam in the 21st century and build a society based on moral values, then we must follow the ideals of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. His songs spoke of humanity, brotherhood and peace. He considered the whole world his home. Empathy for fellow human beings was the strongest quality of his character and we all must imbibe those humanistic values,” the Chief Minister said.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) paid glowing tribute to Dr Hazarika by lighting 10,000 earthen lamps on the banks of historic Dighalipukhuri. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of the legendary singer at Dighalipukhuripar. AASU leaders Samujjal Bhattacharya, Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurinjyoti Gogoi also visited Dr Hazarika’s Samadhi Kshetra and his Nizarapar residence to offer their tribute.
The student body, however, lamented the fact that despite so many years of Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s death, not enough has been done to preserve his creations. “The State government must answer when it is going to incorporate the creations of Bhupen Hazarika in academic curriculum and when they would start a cultural train to commemorate his life and work,” the student body questioned.