DIGBOI, Nov 9 � Various organizations and institutions of Digboi paid their respectful tributes to the undying contributions of the musical maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his third death anniversary on November 5.
The commerce stream of Digboi College took the lead in the observance of the occasion through songs, dances, recitations and speeches with the participation of all the teachers and students of the college. HN Sarma, president of the governing body along with Dr Dip Saikia, principal of the college, lit the ceremonial lamp in front of the portrait of Dr Hazarika and offered bouquet of flowers in memory of the Sudhakantha. Both Sarma and Dr Saikia in their speeches highlighted select facets of the genius of Dr Hazarika.
Barun Deb, retired librarian of the college, Lakshmikanta Chakraborty, an ustad in classical music along with some teachers and a host of students presented musical tributes to Dr Hazarika. Dr Bikash Baruah and CC Baruah anchored the event.
At Balijan, the occasion was organized by Dr Bhupen Hazarika & Dr BR Ambedkar Statue Construction Committee, �Bibek�, the Scheduled Caste Development Committee of Digboi and a few other organizations. Punya Saikia, Dr Ramakanta Das, a doctorate in Dr Bhupen Hazarika Studies, HN Sarma, Dr Dip Saikia, Gopal Das, Amrit Dutta and Pinaki Saikia spoke on the different aspects of the significance of Dr Hazarika�s contributions. The musical tributes were paid by Beetasok Sarma, Debojani Buragohain, Niharika Saikia and a large number of other local artistes. Ashok Sharma and Manoranjan Das, president and secretary respectively of the committee, announced that a musical school would soon be established to facilitate the practice of Bhupendra Sangeet in the greater Balijan-Borjan locality of Digboi.
At Muliabari, Digboi Unnayan Samiti, Dr Bhupen Hazarika Fan Club of Digboi, Luit Silpi Samaj, Snehamoyee Silpi Gosthi and Digboi Mahila Samiti organized the day-long programme. The programme began in the forenoon with naam-kirtan, gayan bayan, inter-religious prayer service, etc. In the evening, tributes were paid to the Sudhakantha with the presentations of songs and dances by a host of local artistes. On the occasion, Gargee Bhuyan who won the Indian Oil Bhupendra Sangeet Competition was accorded a public felicitation. Rajashree Saikia Nath anchored the programme.
Our Jamugurihat Correspondent adds: Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika was remembered on his 3rd death anniversary at Behali Degree College, Borgang by the Asomiya Sahitya Sanmilani in a day-long function. The central function was organised by the Sonitpur district sanmiloni in cooperation with the Sahitya Chora, Assamese department of the college and the Behali branch of the Sanmilani.
The function began with the hoisting of the flag in the morning by Indreswar Kataky, president, Behali branch of the Sanmilani and the president of the college governing body followed by shradhanjali offered by Golap Kalita, working president of the district Sanmilani, a retired professor and a journalist and Jiban Chandra Nath, principal of the college. A quiz competition on the life and achievement of Bhupen Hazarika was held among nine teams of various schools and colleges. This was conducted by Basav Bhuyan, a teacher of Jamuguri academy. Sankardev High School and Behali Junior College teams won the first two positions.
The main session presided over by Rohit Malakar, president, district sanmilani and a retired professor was addressed by dr Nipan Saikia, working president Biswanath Branch of the Sanmilani and an assistant professor Biswanath College and Dr Anup Deka, assistant professor, Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College, Guwahati as the appointed speakers. Madhurya Mandit Boruah, general secretary, Asomiya Sahitya Sanmilani was present as special guest and Monish Thakur, BEEO and ex president, Yuva Sahitya Parishad as the honourable guest. All the speakers threw light on the various achievements of the great bard, his great contribution towards the art, culture, and society of Asam. Madhurya Mondit Boruah also released a book named Mahakavya Kamayani and Anyanya written by Hem Boruah, an essayist and subject teacher (Economics) of Rangchakuwa Higher Secondary School. The vote of thanks was offered by Minku Kalita, joint secretary, district Sanmilani. With the lighting of the lamp in the evening by Dr Tun Tun Borah, ex-secretary, Sonitpur district Sanmiloni and assistant professor of the college, the celebration came to an end.