BISWANATH CHARIALI, Nov 15 - The Assamese community, Pune paid rich tributes to music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his death anniversary at the ELTIS auditorium, Model Colony under the aegis of Jyotirmay Das, Dipak Das, Robin Borthakur and Umar Majid of �Mumbai Samannay Group� in association with Devika Borthakur, a well-known satriya exponent on November 10.
Speaking on the occasion, Samiron Phukon and Rajib Borkotoki, president and general secretary, respectively of Asomi observed that Dr Hazarika was known for his baritone and diction as a singer. They said that he was known for poetic compositions and parables which touched on themes ranging from romance to social and political commentary and for his use of folk music as a composer. Distinguished guest, Dr Hrishikesh Kashyapa said that the event was a great step towards an inter-cultural exchange of regional music through translation, leading not only towards better understanding of cultures but also towards the preservation of such masterpieces in the literature and hearts of other communities. Marathi versions of some of Hazarika�s songs translated by Vijaya Dev were released on the occasion. Classical vocalist Priyal Sathe presented the Marathi versions of Dil Hum Hum Kare from the film Rudaali and O Videshi Bandhu from Chameli Memsaab. The members of Asomi presented Hazarika�s immortal number Manuhe manuhar babe.
It may be mentioned here that Asomi has been working towards bridging the gap between NE India and Maharashtra by undertaking such socio-cultural works. The Assamese community residing in Pune organises such events involving artists and prominent personalities from Assam and other NE States to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region.