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GUWAHATI, Nov 5 � The Assam Government might be finding it hard to reflect the emotions of lakhs of followers of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika, but that could not deter his ardent fans to pay homage to the legendry artiste in their own and unique style.

On such fan is Surendra Nath Das, a Guwahati-based retired Assam Government official who has turned most portions of his double-storey building virtually into a Dr Bhupen Hazarika archive.

Not only that, he has structured a memorial of the Dada sahib Phalke award winner musician and even named his campus as �Azan Fakir Aru Bhupen Hazarika Kshetra.�

Large portions of the two-storey building located in Beltola�s Basisthapur area depict interesting and some �unknown� stories related to Dr Hazarika, some in the form of literature and some in the manner of eye-catching and rare pictures of the Asom Ratna.

A scrupulously-designed wooden statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and a number of old writings, poems of and by Dr Hazarika published in leading dailies of the country have made the place a must-see for music-lovers.

Today, on the occasion of the maestro�s third death anniversary, Das organized a daylong naam prasanga in the campus and invited his close friend and family members.

�This will continue till late night. His birthdays have always been a special occasion for me. I am fortunate to have spent quality time with the legend in Jorhat and on many other occasions. He will always be an inspiration for me,� Das pointing at a picture of Dr Hazarika clicked in 1983 said enthusiastically.

Das has been collecting whatever he could on Dr Hazarika with utmost passion and upgrading the structure.

In fact, Das has been a patient host to anyone who seems interested in knowing about Assam and its cultural heritage.

�Even a director from a British museum visited the place and was pleased to see the place,� Das fondly remembers. There are many wall hangings that show different facets of the doyen�s life and works.

�As I stay with my family in a different place, plans are there to add on to the collection. This is my way of paying tributes to the legend,� Das added.

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Private building made a virtual archive

GUWAHATI, Nov 5 � The Assam Government might be finding it hard to reflect the emotions of lakhs of followers of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika, but that could not deter his ardent fans to pay homage to the legendry artiste in their own and unique style.

On such fan is Surendra Nath Das, a Guwahati-based retired Assam Government official who has turned most portions of his double-storey building virtually into a Dr Bhupen Hazarika archive.

Not only that, he has structured a memorial of the Dada sahib Phalke award winner musician and even named his campus as �Azan Fakir Aru Bhupen Hazarika Kshetra.�

Large portions of the two-storey building located in Beltola�s Basisthapur area depict interesting and some �unknown� stories related to Dr Hazarika, some in the form of literature and some in the manner of eye-catching and rare pictures of the Asom Ratna.

A scrupulously-designed wooden statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and a number of old writings, poems of and by Dr Hazarika published in leading dailies of the country have made the place a must-see for music-lovers.

Today, on the occasion of the maestro�s third death anniversary, Das organized a daylong naam prasanga in the campus and invited his close friend and family members.

�This will continue till late night. His birthdays have always been a special occasion for me. I am fortunate to have spent quality time with the legend in Jorhat and on many other occasions. He will always be an inspiration for me,� Das pointing at a picture of Dr Hazarika clicked in 1983 said enthusiastically.

Das has been collecting whatever he could on Dr Hazarika with utmost passion and upgrading the structure.

In fact, Das has been a patient host to anyone who seems interested in knowing about Assam and its cultural heritage.

�Even a director from a British museum visited the place and was pleased to see the place,� Das fondly remembers. There are many wall hangings that show different facets of the doyen�s life and works.

�As I stay with my family in a different place, plans are there to add on to the collection. This is my way of paying tributes to the legend,� Das added.

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