MANGALDAI, Nov 6 - Panchayat & Rural Development Minister, Rakibul Hussain on Thursday said that on the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, as many as 35 open stages and parks constructed by the P & RD department across the State and dedicated to the great artiste have been opened for the public. Hussain inaugurated such a new project at village Dariapara, Rangamati under Paschim Mangaldai Devlopment Block in the presence of Basanta Das, Minister, Fishery, Water Resource etc, KK Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary, P & RD, Manoj Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, Sunil Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Darrang, Bibhash Modi, PD, DRDA, Darrang and other senior officials of the P&RD Department.
Addressing the public meeting organised on this occasion, Hussain stated that the State P&RD department undertook this dream project for all the 219 development blocks throughout the State on the third death anniversary of Dr Hazarika and within one year all the projects except one in Udalguri got completed. �Today on the fourth death anniversary of Bhupen da 35 such stages have been opened for the public while earlier on his birth anniversary another 183 projects were inaugurated.� He termed this effort of constructing 218 stages as a mark of tribute to an individual person as unique not only in the country but also in the world.
Earlier paying homage to Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Minister Basanta Das considered the Assamese life line incomplete without culture and study of the creations of the great son of the soil. Speaking on the occasion, veteran national-level child activist and writer Jiten Bhagawati highlighted how deeply the childhood of Bhupen Hazarika was associated with the environment of the then Mangaldai, the Bega river and the wooden bridge over it.
Prior to the inaugural function Kamaleswar Saikia, the head master of Rangamati Public High School lighted the lamp before the portrait of Dr Hazarika while all the distinguished guests paid floral tributes to him.
It may be mentioned here that the stage with an overhead roof sheet constructed by the Darrang DRDA at an estimated cost of Rs 15 lakh wore an attractive look with its walls depicting the emotional fervour of three evergreen songs of the legendary artiste i.e., Asom Amar Rupahi Gunaru Nai Sesh�, Sagar Sangamat Katana Saturilo.. and Kahuwa Bon Ashanta Mon� by the finest sculptural touch of renowned artiste Binod Bora.