JALUKBARI, Nov 3 - It has been four years since the bard of the Brahmaputra � music maestro and cultural icon of Assam Dr Bhupen Hazarika � passed away. People of the State still await his memorial site to be completed on his fourth death anniversary.
The State will get a full-fledged memorial of the music maestro by the end of this year. The Samadhi Kshetra (cremation ground) will be as majestic as the Rajghat, said a top PWD official. For the past few years, a blame game has raged over the construction of the memorial site near Jalukbari. The State government was handed over the plot of land in November last year. Though the construction of the Samadhi Kshetra is going on in full swing as the death anniversary falls on November 5, some work will be completed only by the month of December this year, said the chief architect, Gautam Baruah.
Talking to this correspondent, Baruah said that by November, 80 per cent of the Samadhi Kshetra would be completed. The exterior works, which include a park with lights and water bodies, has been completed, which will enhance the beauty of the site. The interior work on the gumbaz, which will consist of three floors, will be completed by the end of this year, the chief architect added.
Only the ground floor of the gumbaz will be opened on November 5. Other works like installation of the central AC, lifts, etc., will be completed at the end of this year. The ground floor will have a music booth where visitors will be able to choose the songs of the music maestro. It will also have four interactive screens to showcase his works. The first and second floors will include an auditorium, where discussions, lectures, etc., on the life and works of Dr Hazarika will be conducted.
Souvenir stalls, exhibition of the photographs on Dr Hazarika�s life, an open air theatre and a museum to preserve the memories of the bard of the Brahmaputra will also be set up.
When asked whether the work of the Samadhi Kshetra was done in a hasty manner which in future might damage the structure, the chief architect stressed that though the construction of the Samadhi Kshetra has been executed expeditiously, there has been no laxity in this regard.
Ankur Appliances and Mercantile Pvt Ltd, which has been entrusted with the work of installation of the Bhupen Jyoti at the Samadhi Kshetra, has completed its work. Its managing director, Rupam Borthakur said that the Bhupen Jyoti is modelled on the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Rajghat, New Delhi.
He added that the installation of the Bhupen Jyoti will be a rich tribute to the music icon. The Bhupen Jyoti will remain lit up all through the year. The flame will be lit on LPG. He further said that the expenditure to light the Bhupen Jyoti will be around Rs 10 lakh every year. It is still not clear as to who will bear the expenditure involved in it. As part of their corporate social responsibility projects, companies like the ONGC, OIL, NRL, etc., can step in, which will be a rich tribute to the music icon.