ITANAGAR, Nov 5 - Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) today paid glowing tributes to globally acclaimed music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of his fifth death anniversary.
A function was organised at Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here where APLS members paid floral tributes at the portrait of the legendary singer, who, through various songs contributed in cementing the traditional relations between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Chairing the function, State’s Trade & Commerce Director Tokong Pertin recalled his meeting with the singer and said that Hazarika was born at Bolung village in Atunachal’s Lower Dibang Valley district, a place close to present Shantipur of Sadiya subdivision in Assam.
“Hazarika disclosed in his autobiography how Adi girls from Bolung village used to come and take him out for playing when he was nine-month-old and one night he had to stay with them and the ladies of the village had to breast-feed him,” Pertin recalled.
The music maestro has immortalised the mountains, hills, rivers and the people of Arunachal with his songs, Pertin said and lamented that he could not fulfill Hazarika’s wish to meet the Adi mothers of Bolung village.
Pertin said APLS was instrumental in bringing urn of Hazarika’s ash and immersing in all major rivers in the State.
S Ghosh, an expert from Research department, informed that the State Government has already constructed a statue of the legendary singer which would be erected at Bolung village within a few months.
APLS resolved to conduct a singing competition on Hazarika’s songs next year in the State capital besides sending a request to West Bengal Government for preservation of the singer’s house at Tollygunj, he revealed.