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Will preserve Hazarika’s Kolkata house: CM

‘Every song of Dr. Hazarika is laden with message for every section of people in the State, besides sweet melodies. We simply cannot afford to allow such creations and their creator sinking into oblivion’

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 23: Songs of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika are laden with melody and message for every section of people in society as they are depicted by his earned name – Sudhakantha. Can Assam afford to allow such a personality and his creations sink into oblivion?

Such a thought was reflected on Sunday night when State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was giving away the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Award to renowned folk artiste and former Axom Natya Sanmilan (ANS) president Ratna Ojha at Beltola Bohagi Utsav at its concluding function. The three-day Utsav began on April 20, 2018. Giving away the award, Sonowal said that all arrangements have been made by the State Government to preserve Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s house at Tollygunge in Kolkata. 

“Every song of Dr. Hazarika is laden with message for every section of people in the State, besides sweet melodies. We simply cannot afford to allow such creations and their creator sinking into oblivion. We need to keep the maestro alive among ourselves, besides delving deep into his message which he got across through songs. Each of his songs can be kept alive as an epic,” Sonowal said, and added: “We need to take the State forward in line with the message of his song – manuhe manuhor bhabe.”

Preaching for a congenial society in the State Sonowal said that such a situation is possible only if all people residing in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys, both in hills and plains can wipe out the differences among them through cordial cooperation and coordination. 

Choked with emotion after receiving the award, Ratna Ojha said: “My heart still bleeds when I think of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika not being honoured with the highest civilian award in India – Bharat Ratna. Sudhakanta has kept the people of Assam alive through his songs.”

The function also witnessed the giving away of some other awards. While Shiroshree Saikia received the Patmadoi Bota, the best husori troupe award went to the troupe of Rongmon Enajori from Moran, the second best husori award went to Deheng Bihua troupe from Digboi, the best dholia award to Mukut Chetia and the best pepua award went to Bhaskar Baruah. The function was attended, among others, by Chief Minister’s legal adviser Shantanu Bharali, MLA Narayan Deka and Beltola Bohagi Utsav Samittee president Ratul Baruah.     

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