GUWAHATI, Sept 9 – To uphold the ideals that the music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika stood for – peace and harmony in the world, the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Literary and Cultural Forum of Assam has decided to organise a human chain on the first death anniversary of the bard on November 5.
The Forum has appealed to all individuals and organisations at the local, national and international level to organise and participate in a ten-minutes programme wherein a human chain will be formed, an oath will be taken and a song will be rendered.
The demise of the cultural icon last year on November 5 had not only pushed an entire State to grief, but also brought together people of all faith and communities who bade their farewell to the bard with tearful eyes. Forgetting all differences, the citizens had queued up in long serpentine lines to have a last glimpse of the bard whose body was placed at the Judges Field here for the people to pay floral homage.
The human chain according to the Forum will be a step towards realising the dream of the cultural icon—to unite all people and strengthen the bond of brotherhood amongst all communities. Through his songs, the music maestro had called upon the people of Assam to create their destiny and usher the new dawn. Through all the transitions that swept across the socio-cultural political life of the State, the music maestro expressed his faith in humanity.
On the day of the first death anniversary of the bard, the Forum expects all people of Assam to be a part of the human chain and affirm their commitment for creating a new society where peace will reign.
At 11 am on November 5, the human chain will be organised at the educational institutions, public and private offices, and the public places. The participants in the human chain will also take a pledge to live by the ideals of harmony and humanity preached by Dr Bhupen Hazarika. The public will affirm their commitment to extend a helping hand to the distressed, contribute towards prosperity of all fellow human beings and also to work towards maintaining peace and harmony amongst all the ethnic and religious groups in this region and elsewhere.
After taking the oath, the human chain will sing out loud the evergreen song of the bard—Manuhe Manuhor Baabe, the song that is considered as the quintessential expression of humanity and empathy.