GUWAHATI, Nov 28 - The Assamese community in the UK recently celebrated Dr Bhupen Hazarika Sangeet Divas at London�s Srimanta Sankardev International Cultural Centre, stated a press release issued here.
The relationship between Dr Bhupen Hazarika and London started over four decades back in 1978 when he was invited by the Assamese community living in the UK for the first time to perform in England. He was invited again in 1999 and 2000 to perform in front of an audience that included Assamese, Bengali, and people from other parts of India and also native British people.
The Dr Bhupen Hazarika Sangeet Divas programme showcased the legend�s iconic songs with performances by both special guest artistes coming from Assam and artistes from England.
The evening was inaugurated by Srimanta Sankardev International Cultural Centre�s founder members Dr Karuna Sagar Das and Arundhuti Das, while the programme was hosted by Hiramoni Sarma, who spoke about Dr Hazarika being an icon of international stature and on his contributions in enriching the Assamese culture. Dr Neera Borkakoti, professor and visiting scientist at the European Bioinformatics Institute, shared insights about Dr Hazarika and his love for people.
Guests invited from Assam to be a part of the evening and perform included IPS officer Dr Shyamal Prasad Saikia, Dr Iftikar Hussain and Kamakshi Saikia. Local artistes included Dr Nilamoni Sikdar, Spondita Goswami, Udeshman Goswami, Debalin Das, Partha Borbora, Chinu Kishore, Syed Noor, Rrituraj Sharma, Ankita Dhasmana, Mamoni Sharma, Jayanta Ray and Jimanta Dutta.