GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - A delegation of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today visited the campus of the 77 Golf Course Road, Tollygunge house of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and urged the governments of both Assam and West Bengal to take immediate steps to preserve and develop it into a tourist destination.
Expressing concern at the dilapidated condition of the house, the delegation said that this abode of Dr Hazarika�s cultural activities must be given a new lease of life, along with all its belongings.
The delegation, led by AASU assistant general secretaries Duldul Borkataki and Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharya, also interacted with a number of individuals and members of several organisations associated with Dr Hazarika.
�It is a heritage building where Dr Hazarika created many of his immortal songs in the sixties and seventies of the last century. Films like Pratidhwani, Chameli Memsaab, Era Bator Sur were also conceptualised during his stay here. Here, he continued his cultural pursuit in the august company of other iconic figures like Lata Mangeshkar, Hemango Biswas and Hemanta Mukherjee. Both the State governments, therefore, should put up a joint effort to develop it into a heritage tourist destination,� a statement from the student body said.
The AASU members also met Dr Hazarika�s close associate Ratna Oja, office-bearers of Assam Bhawan, Kolkata, and members of Kolkata Asomiya Sanskritik Sanstha and sought their cooperation in ensuring the preservation of the house. The other members of the delegation included Krishna Das, Rantu Sarma and Pranab Barman.