GUWAHATI, Nov 5 - The 5th death anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika was observed today with elaborate programmes throughout the State, Our Staff Correspondent,Correspondents, and ANN Service reports.
Dibrugarh: A mass singing of the song Atangkabad Husiyar... of Dr Bhupen Hazarika was organised today at Chowkidinghee ground on the occasion.
In a synchrony, students from several schools of the city sang the song of the Sudhakantha. The mass singing was led by eminent music teacher Bhuban Gogoi. The event was organised by Sanskar Bharati, a socio-cultural organisation.
Eminent writer and educationist Dr Nagen Saikia attended the event as the chief guest while Rituparna Baruah, MLA of Lahoal and advocate Ashim Kumar Dutta attended the function as guests of honour. The programme was presided over by Madhav Baruah.
Dr Nagen Saikia paid tributes to the legend and recalled the latter’s contributions to the humanity. “Singer, lyricist, musician and writer Bhupen Hazarika touched not only the hearts of the Assamese people but of the entire nation. He manifested his love for humanity and the country through his songs on terrorism, social evils and other themes. Through his songs, he tried to communicate that it is only through love and peaceful means we can solve conflicts and not through terror,” said Dr Saikia.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika was also remembered in a function at Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) township where the management of BCPL paid floral tributes to the maestro. Senior officials of BCPL lit traditional lamps and paid homage at the portrait of the legend. Musical performance, singing and poem recitation marked the occasion.
Jorhat: Paying floral tributes at his photographs, several organisations including AJYCP, AASU and many cultural troupes in Jorhat today remembered Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
The city reverberated with the melody of Bhupendra Sangeet in the evening as cultural programmes were organised by the socio-cultural groups at Tarajan Puja Sanmilani, Millennium Park and several other locations.
Hubs were illuminated with earthen lamps in the evening and owners of road-side shops and business-establishments decorated the portraits of the global icon.
The Jorhat district unit of AJYCP lighted earthen lamps in front of their Mithapukhuri office, while AASU organised a cultural programme at Millennium Park.
Hailakandi: The Hailakandi district administration observed the day in a befitting manner. Paying floral tributes to Dr Hazarika, Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora said the doyen of culture strengthened the bond of unity and amity between the people of Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys through his songs and creations.
Describing Dr Hazarika as a ‘universal man’, Bora said, “Dr Hazarika’s relevance is felt more than ever before. Though he is no more with us, he will continue to act as a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity and a great unifying factor as we march triumphantly to make Hailakandi as a leading district of the State in terms of progress and development.”
Exhorting upon the people to work unitedly for a vibrant and resilient Assam, Bora said “Dr Hazarika will continue to act as a beacon light. A lasting and befitting tribute we can pay to the radiant personality is to translate his ideals into reality. And the best way to do it is to defeat the divisive forces and to eliminate the evils plaguing the society.”
Speaking on the occasion, Superintendent of Police Pranabjyoti Goswami said the minstrel’s heart-touching songs will continue for ever to reverberate in the air and inspire and motivate the multitude among whom he mingled to work assiduously and conscientiously for the progress of the State.
Goswami said Dr Hazarika’s songs touched the inner chords of one’s heart and will continue to do so for generations to come. “Such is the intensity of his songs and their appeal that they will remain evergreen. His creations are relevant as they were 40-50 years ago simply because they guide us all along the way as we confront with varied life situations providing us solutions to problems afflicting the society,” he quipped. The SP said it’s time to make a proper introspection of the creations of the multifaceted genius and to make them a way of life.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, FR Laskar said the doyen of culture was instrumental in catapulting the greater Assamese society into the world stage. “Like the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, Dr Bhupen Hazarika too has made us feel proud of our rich culture by taking it to the international realm. Such geniuses are rarely born.”
Additional Deputy Commissioner Ruth Lienthang, Assistant Commissioner Rebecca L Changsang, Senior Planning Officer R Das and DIPRO Shabir Nishat were present on the occasion.
Earlier, floral tributes were paid at the portrait of Dr Hazarika by all those present with songs of the bard reverberating in the air. The shadhanjali started with the lighting of the traditional lamp. The day was observed solemnly at the open air stage at the block levels across the district.
Tezpur: Several cultural and social organisations including Tezpur Sahitya Shabha, Trimurty Uddyan, Ban Theatre, Jyoti Bharati (Poki), Jaimoti Sangha, Kawoimari Sankar Mandir, Tezpur Government College of Teachers’ Education, Tezpur College, Darrang College today observed the day in a befitting manner.
At Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, the programme started with rich tributes to the maestro by Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Manuj Kumar Deka, State Cabinet Ministers Ranjit Dutta and Pallab Luchan Das, cultural activists Krishna Das Nath, Arun Nath, among others.
At Tezpur College of Teachers’ Education the faculty members and trainee teachers paid rich tribunes to the bard.
At Kawoimari, State Irrigation Minister Ranjit Dutta inaugurated a stage constructed in memory of the bard, while a park in memory of Dr Hazarika was inaugurated by singer Loknath Goswami. Taking part as chief guest of the programme, Secretary, Transport and Tourism, Government of Assam, Lalit Goigoi spoke on the role played by Dr Bhupen Hazarika in building a greater Assamese society. The event was presided over by social worker BK Nath.
Earlier, president of Kawoimari Sankar Mandir, Pankaj Kumar Nath welcomed the gathering. A diha naam competition was also held, followed by a special cultural function by Jina Rajkumari and her group.
Kaziranga: The day was observed at Rising Sun English School, Kohora today with enthusiastic participation of students and teachers who paid floral tributes at the portrait of Dr Hazarika.
Biswanath Chariali: The day was observed at various places at Biswanath Chariali by several organisations. Tributes to the maestro was also paid at Selaikhaity, an interior place along Assam-Arunachal border under the aegis of the Pabhoi unit of AASU and the Selaikhaity units of ABSU and AKSU with a two-day programme.
On Sunday around ten thousand people will sing ‘Manuhe manuhar babe’ in Bodo, Karbi, Nepali, Adivasi, Garo and other languages. Today’s programme commenced with a marathon race from Pabhoi to Selaikhaity followed by smriti tarpan. It was conducted by AASU’s central assistant secretary Duldul Borkataki and Pabhoi unit’s general secretary Jintu Borah. Biswanath Charial Sahitya Sabha and AAMSU also observed the death anniversary.
Patacharkuchi: Dr Bhupen Hazarika was not only a singer but also a great social reformer and spreading the messages of Dr Hazarika in the society and following his ideals would be a befitting tribute to the legend, said Governor Banowarilal Purohit.
He was addressing a huge gathering at Patacharkuchi Vidyapith HS School this evening as a part of the three- day celebration of the 5th death anniversary of the bard. He also termed him as a great politician and poet.
The Governor in his speech said that the land of Assam is a land of Sankardeva the noble saint and the people of Assam are very lucky to be the citizens of the State. He also expressed his happiness for being able to serve in such a State. In his speech he praised the Chief Minister terming him as a dynamic leader.
The souvenir published on the occasion was released by Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Ranjit Kumar Das. Hrishikesh Goswami, media advisor of Chief Minister also attended the meeting as appointed speaker. Pabindra Deka, MLA of Patacharkuchi LAC also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Governor paid floral tribute at the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.