GUWAHATI, Oct 24 - �When life becomes too real, take a little time to dream.� These words by legendary performing artiste from Shillong, Lou Majaw, while receiving the fourth Bhupen Hazarika National Award from State Governor Banwarilal Purohit today, were a tribute to both Bob Dylan and the iconic Bard of the Brahmaputra.
The award, instituted by Pune-based organisation Sarhad, recognises exceptional contributions by the persons from the Northeast in diverse fields at national and international levels. Majaw, a veteran musician, well-known for his Bob Dylan tribute shows, has made immense contributions in the field of music in the region.
The award that aims to strengthen the bond between Assam and Maharashtra, carries a memento, a cheque of Rs 51,000 and a citation. The previous recipients of the award include filmmaker Jahnu Barua and theatre personality Ratan Thiyam.
Presenting the award at the Raj Bhawan here, Governor Purohit said that Lou Majaw is a worthy recipient of the award instituted in the name of a multidimensional personality like Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
�Besides taking the music of Assam to the national and international arena, Dr Bhupen Hazarika also took to politics to serve the poor and the oppressed, which should inspire the politicians of today,� he said.
�Art must exist in some form in everybody�s life. It inspires, unites and motivates people,� he added.
Eminent social activist Girish Gandhi recalled the contributions of Dr Hazarika that transcended the geographical and linguistic barriers, and said that the award would strengthen the bonding between Assam and Maharashtra, the birthplace and workplace of Dr Hazarika.
Sarhad founder president Sanjay Nahar stated that Sarhad has taken a number of initiatives to popularise Dr Hazarika�s work among the younger generation.
Educationist Dr Alaka Sarma and Dipankar Hazarika, secretary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Foundation, were also present.