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Manipur pays tributes to Bhupen Hazarika
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL,Oct 21 – People of Manipur paid homage to Dr Bhupen Hazarika by releasing a music album containing his popular songs in Manipuri. His first death anniversary falls on November 5.The music album containing Hazarika’s 12 selected songs, translated into Manipuri, was released under the aegis of Rongali Bihu Celebration Committee (RBCC) in association with Rainbow and Asom Samaj Manipur at the popular BOAT (Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre) here during a cultural evening yesterday.

Vice Chancellors Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi and Prof HNK Singh of Gauhati and Manipur University, father of Manipur Cinema Aribam Syam Sarma, Bhupen Hazarika’s youngest brother Samar Hazarika, Commissioner Arts and Culture department RK Nimai, Upen Basumatary of RBCC, prominent music director JP Das and MLA Kh Joykishan besides a number of cultural personalities and Assamese families here attended the function.

“Our main idea of releasing a music album is to popularise Bhupenda’s songs in a place like Manipur where he couldn’t perform when he was alive,” said SP Sarmah of RBCC. “We hope that such kind of effort will help people in our region to know each other well”.

RBCC is also planning to release the album at Guwahati Press Club on the first death anniversary of the maestro, he said. “We are also thinking of releasing Manipur’s renowned singer late Nongmaithem Pahari’s songs into Assamese and do the same honour in Assam.”

Bhupen Hazarika’s popular songs translated into Manipuri by A Anita Devi of Guwahati with lyrical support by noted Manipur lyricist B Jayentakumar were sung by Irom Ongbi Jahnabi Baruah, Oinam Chanchan, Nowboy, Sarita Gazmir, Ireileima Chanu, Dinesh Sharma and Nongmaithem Sanjoy.

Though he could not perform live during his life time, Dr Bhupen Hazarika who died at the age of 85, on November 5 last year, however, visited Manipur for radio interviews in 1982 and 1984, Sarmah, who is serving as a SBI manager in Imphal, added.

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