GUWAHATI, Nov 20 – He kept his promise he made to the singing legend, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, way back in 1977. Today was a day of great relief for Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, after he recited his poem in front of the statue of Dr Hazarika at Dighalipukhuripar.
Amid the gathering of many noted personalities, fans, family members and friends of the balladeer, Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, dedicated the audio CD Mrityu Jinar Gaan containing his two poems on Dr Bhupen Hazarika, which was accepted by the family members of the music maestro.
“When Jayanta Hazarika, Bhupenda’s brother, died in 1977, I paid a poetic tribute to him at a programme. I remember, Dr Bhupen Hazarika came to me and asked me to do the same for him, after his death. Maybe, he didn’t say this very seriously, but Bhupenda’s wish was a command for me,” said Dr Choudhury, while talking to The Assam Tribune.
“I am feeling a great relief now as I could repay this huge debt. I also feel contented by dedicating two of my poems to the great soul,” he mentioned.
His first poem Eti gaan xekh hol, has already gained popularity among the masses through various media channels. “I wrote this poem on November 6, just a day after Dr Hazarika’s death, around 10 am and got it recorded at 2 pm on the same day,” he said. The second poem Protijon manuhei gaan is also equally captivating.
Tej Hazarika, son of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, while speaking on the occasion, said that the CD contained very contemporary music, which would be well received by the world audience. He also said that he would take away some copies of the CD along with him to distribute it among the Assamese people living abroad. His wife and son were also present on the occasion.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) extended its support in organizing the programme. It may also be mentioned here that the life-size statue of Dr Hazarika was erected at Dighalipukhuripar by the AASU, which was unveiled by the bard himself.
The CD would be available at Panbazaar from tomorrow. Dr Choudhury also said that efforts were being made to make the CD available in other parts of the State. Initially, 1,000 copies of the audio CD would be brought out.