TEZPUR, Dec 16 - Noted playwright Padmashree Ratan Thiyam unveiled a statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, which was fabricated by Kolkata-based sculptor Gautam Pal, at the soon-to-be opened Bhupen Hazarika Kalabhumi in the Tezpur Museum complex, here today.
Addressing a huge gathering, Thiyam said, �Bhupenda�s songs and music will always have echoes in our hearts. Through his music, he revealed his inner voice against the evils afflicting the society.�
It may be mentioned here that the statue was built with the contributions from his fans and disciples under the aegis of the Tezpur Environment Society.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were noted journalist and writer from Nagaland Dr Ngully Charles Chesi, ex-vice president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha Taren Boro, general secretary of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Bidyut Bikash Senapoti, vice president of the Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Sarat Chandra Pator, litterateur Dr Nityananda Gogoi, noted theatre personality Sukrasarjya Rabha, retired Prof of Rhode Island University (USA) Dilip Kr Dutta, Dr Caroline R Marak from Meghalaya and HoD, Department of History, Pcchunga University Dr JV Hluna.
Dr Chesi said that Bhupen Hazarika was a universal figure. As a symbol of love towards Bhupen Hazarika, whom Nagas always accepted as their icon, Chesi also gifted two special items related to Naga culture to Kalabhumi authority.
Prominent Arunachali litterateur Yeshe Dorje Thongshi released a souvenir Pustika, published in connection with the event by Prof Dr Pranjit Hazarika.