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Collection of Bhupenda�s songs released

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 4 - �Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s creations were not limited to a particular period, geography or community. A legendary figure of all times, whatever he created is ever contemporary, relevant and applicable transcending geographical or political boundaries.�

While releasing the collection of songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika sung by the best singers of educational institutes across the State, Dr Alak Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University made the above comment highlighting some of timeless creations of the legendary singer like Manuhe manuhar babe and Bistirna parore.

The MP 3 collection was released today as part of the All Assam Students Union (AASU)�s initiative to preserve Dr Hazarika�s songs through the involvement of budding talents from the younger generations.

As a part of the initiative, a programme called Uddipana is organized every year on Bhupenda�s birthday where best singers from all the universities and colleges from all the districts of the State take part. AASU has been organizing this programme since 2009. �Dr Bhupen Hazarika was neither just an Assamese artiste nor only an artiste or singer. Defining Dr Hazarika in certain categories is like trying to confine an entity that is so comprehensive,� said Dr Buragohain. He also informed the gathering about a newly-initiated curriculum called Dr Bhupen Hazarika studies in Dibrugarh University�s Dr Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr Lakshmi Goswami, an eminent social worker from Tezpur recalled the spontaneous and awe inspiring talent of Dr Hazarika, which she had witnessed as a close associate.

Speaking on Dr Hazarika�s association with Tezpur, she said that he was the right person at the right time at Tezpur.

�It was in Tezpur, where Bhupen Hazarika met the likes of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Rabha. It was there, his inherent talent was chiselled to make him the Bhupen Hazarika we know today,� she added.

Dr Goswami also recalled several of her experiences of Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s spontaneity in composing and singing. Both the speakers lauded AASU�s efforts to encourage young singers through the songs of the Bard of the Brahmaputra.

Popular actor Biju Phukan also recollected his personal association with Dr Bhupen Hazarika and asked the students� union to continue its initiative to preserve the songs of Bhupen Hazarika.

AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya, while speaking on the occasion said that Uddipana was started to celebrate Bhupenda�s birthday, during his lifetime, which later turned into a memorial tribute to the maestro. �Other than preserving the songs, this programme also gives a platform to the young singers from different corners of the State, who pay their tribute to Bhupenda near his life-size statue at Dighalipukhuripaar every year. The live recording of that programme is released in MP3 format every year, when we pay homage to the cultural icon on his death anniversary,� he said.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary

Lurin Jyoti Gogoi also spoke on the occasion.

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Collection of Bhupenda�s songs released

GUWAHATI, Nov 4 - �Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s creations were not limited to a particular period, geography or community. A legendary figure of all times, whatever he created is ever contemporary, relevant and applicable transcending geographical or political boundaries.�

While releasing the collection of songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika sung by the best singers of educational institutes across the State, Dr Alak Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University made the above comment highlighting some of timeless creations of the legendary singer like Manuhe manuhar babe and Bistirna parore.

The MP 3 collection was released today as part of the All Assam Students Union (AASU)�s initiative to preserve Dr Hazarika�s songs through the involvement of budding talents from the younger generations.

As a part of the initiative, a programme called Uddipana is organized every year on Bhupenda�s birthday where best singers from all the universities and colleges from all the districts of the State take part. AASU has been organizing this programme since 2009. �Dr Bhupen Hazarika was neither just an Assamese artiste nor only an artiste or singer. Defining Dr Hazarika in certain categories is like trying to confine an entity that is so comprehensive,� said Dr Buragohain. He also informed the gathering about a newly-initiated curriculum called Dr Bhupen Hazarika studies in Dibrugarh University�s Dr Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr Lakshmi Goswami, an eminent social worker from Tezpur recalled the spontaneous and awe inspiring talent of Dr Hazarika, which she had witnessed as a close associate.

Speaking on Dr Hazarika�s association with Tezpur, she said that he was the right person at the right time at Tezpur.

�It was in Tezpur, where Bhupen Hazarika met the likes of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Rabha. It was there, his inherent talent was chiselled to make him the Bhupen Hazarika we know today,� she added.

Dr Goswami also recalled several of her experiences of Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s spontaneity in composing and singing. Both the speakers lauded AASU�s efforts to encourage young singers through the songs of the Bard of the Brahmaputra.

Popular actor Biju Phukan also recollected his personal association with Dr Bhupen Hazarika and asked the students� union to continue its initiative to preserve the songs of Bhupen Hazarika.

AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya, while speaking on the occasion said that Uddipana was started to celebrate Bhupenda�s birthday, during his lifetime, which later turned into a memorial tribute to the maestro. �Other than preserving the songs, this programme also gives a platform to the young singers from different corners of the State, who pay their tribute to Bhupenda near his life-size statue at Dighalipukhuripaar every year. The live recording of that programme is released in MP3 format every year, when we pay homage to the cultural icon on his death anniversary,� he said.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary

Lurin Jyoti Gogoi also spoke on the occasion.