* Over 3,000 people sing ‘Jilikabo Luitore Paar’ * AASU pays tribute by lighting 10,000 earthen lamps in Dighalipukhuri
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 5: Four years back, on November 5, the bard of Brahmaputra, Dr Bhupen Hazarika left for his heavenly abode, living millions of people in tears. Since then, this day has been marked as one of the most important day for Assam. Like the previous years, this year too various programs were organised to pay tribute to the balladeer. Under the aegis of the Kamrup Mahagar Zila Xahitya Xabha, Biswarat Dr Bhupen Hazarika Sakha Xahitya Xabha and the Gauhati University, Asom Xahitya Xabha organised a tribute program titled ‘Sammany Divas and Mahila Shilpi Samaruh’ on Thursday.
On this occasion 99 flags of the Asom Xahitya Xabha were hoisted in the venue, whereas over 3000 people echoed to Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s legendary song ‘Jilikabo Luitore Paar’.
Speaking on the occasion, Xabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora said, “Dr Bhupen Hazarika laid the main foundation of the Assamese culture. Today’s program is not just a tribuite program to recall the maestro, but it is a message to the society to stand united.”
Former Xabha president Kaksen Deka elaborated the contributions of Dr Hazarika and said, “Dr Hazarika gave us a lot and now it is our turn to work on his contributions. We cannot console ourselves by saying that Ami Asomiya Nohou Dukhiya, but will have to take inspiration from the wordings of his songs and will have to march forward taking all together. Only then we can tackle the challenges being faced by the society today.”
Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta highlighted Bhupen Da’s contribution towards Indian art and culture and said that now it is the responsibility of each and every Assamese to follow his footsteps to hold high the cultural flag of Assam.
On the other hand, thanking the people for participating voluntarily in the program, secretary general of the Xabha, Paramanda Rajbangsi said, “The voluntary participation of the people today proves that they have a special place for the legend in their heart. We never expected such a huge turnout, but we are happy that once again the people of the State proved that we still stand united and will always do so in the future.”
On this occasion a souvenir titled ‘Xudhakanta’ was also released by rector of Gauhati University Hari Prasad Sarma. The program was also attended by a large number of students from Gauhati University besides dignitaries like Cultural Affairs Minister Bismita Gogoi, MP Bijoya Chakraborty, eminent jourlist Dhirendra th Chakraborty etc.
It may be mentioned that, MP Bijoya Chakraborty announced to release Rs 15 lakhs for construction of Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Hall soon.
AGP pays tribute to
Dr Bhupen Hazarika
The Asom Ga Parishad paid rich tribute to the music maestro on Thursday. In a program organised at the AGP head office in Ambari, party leaders including president Atul Bora, vice president Biraj Kumar Sarma, publicity secretary Manoj Saikia and many others paid tribute to the balladeer. In the evening earthen lamps illumited the AGP office as a mark of respect to Dr Hazarika.
The Bharatiya Jata Party too paid tribute to Dr Hazarika on Thursday. In a tribute program organised at the State BJP head office, State president Siddhartha Bhattacharya led the party leaders in paying tribute.
10, 000 earthen lamps illumite Dighalipukhuri
The Dighalipukhuri in the city wore a majestic look on Thursday evening as 10, 000 earthen lamps illumited the banks of the lake on the occasion of the 4th death anniversary of the music maestro. Organised by AASU to pay tribute to the legendary composer, director, singer, painter and a producer, thousands of people thronged Dighalipukhuri on Thursday to pay tribute to the statue of Dr Hazarika which stands tall on the southern bank of the lake.