GUWAHATI, Sept 12 – The 88th birth anniversary of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika was observed with great enthusiasm on September 6 in New Delhi under the auspices of the Delhi Branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, a press release received here stated.
In a meeting held at the Shreemanta Sankardev Bhawan under the presidentship of the Sabha president Dr Malaya Khaund, all those who gathered on the occasion paid floral tribute before the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
The function began with the singing of Siro Senehi Mur Bhasha Jononi. Hiranya Kumar Das, general secretary of the Delhi branch of Assam Sahitya Sabha, while explaining the purpose of the meeting, spoke at length about the multi-faceted genius of Bhupenda and mentioned about the various national-level awards received by him.
A number of speakers recalled with gratitude the world-renowned bard’s sterling contribution to Assamese culture and the Indian music world. All of them passionately expressed the hope that Bhupenda would be remembered by his people for centuries and his life and works would inspire generations to come.
Rendering of songs and recitation of Dr Hazarika’s compositions were a special feature of the function. Those who participated include Priya Thakuria, Mallika Sarma, Sarat Borkakoti, Rim Pathak, Manik Das, Chidananda Das, Trishna Borkakoti, Chitralekha Dutta, Pratima Thakuria and others.
Every one present joined in singing Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s evergreen number Manuhe Manuhor Baabe, Sagor Songomot and Bistirno Parore.
The meeting also remembered with reverence Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami, who was the founder president of the Delhi branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, which was established on December 25, 1995 with the blessings of the then president of Asam Sahitya Sabha and noted writer, late Hitesh Deka.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks followed by rendering of 0’ Mur Apunar Desh.