GUWAHATI, Sept 12 – The Kolkata Assamese Cultural Association organised a cultural evening titled Era Bator Sur...' in Assamese and Bengali to commemorate the 88th birth anniversary of the maestro in association with the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, a press release received here stated.
The evening started with an address by the president of the Association, Atul Kumar Bharali, where he mentioned about some memorable times related to Dr Hazarika’s stay in Kolkata. Chandan Das, Principal of the Government College of Art & Craft talked about the importance of Bhupen Hazarika’s creations regarding Bengal, humanity and universal brotherhood.
The guests of the evening were Himangshu Chattopadhyay, senior journalist and author of Bhupen Hazarika’s Bengali version of the biography and Gautam Prasad Baroowa, an economist and a long-time associate of Dr Hazarika. He played an important character in Hazarika’s radio play Era Bator Sur and talked about his close relation with him.
This was followed by some humorous anecdotes by Ratul Bezbaruah and recitation of the bard’s poetry by Kamal Sarma. Creative dance on Dr Hazarika’s songs were performed by Chandralim Phukan, and a group dance by Dr Gitanjali Goswami, Orihona Ojah Hatkhowa, Sikha Bhattacharya and Juthika Bora Baruch and members of Padmini Dance Acacerny.
Emon Choudhury, who shared much of his childhood with the legend, narrated some of his stories. Some of Dr Hazarika’s soulful creations were rendered by Tarpan Phukan, Manashree Maitree, Raj Kishan Das, Unmona Parasar, Kashmiri Kotoky Choudhury and Neelabhra Pratim Borah.
The legendary balladeer, it may be recalled, lived a part of his ‘gypsy’ life in Bengal too. His music, like in any part of the country, mesmerized the people of Bengal too. In the 60s and 70s, during his stay in Kolkata, he was a much talked about personality of the Bengal music industry.
In the meantime, the Association has resolved to celebrate the occasion on a much broader perspective in the days ahead, mentioned general secretary Anuj Gogoi.