GUWAHATI, Nov 5 - The State today fondly remembered the bard of Brahmaputra Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his eighth death anniversary. Musical tributes were paid to the legendary music maestro, who had left for his heavenly abode on this day in 2011.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid his tributes to the cultural icon in a programme organised by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs at Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s Samadhi Kshetra at Jalukbari here.
�If we have to take forward Assam in the 21st century and build a society based on moral values, then we must follow the ideals of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. His songs spoke of humanity, brotherhood and peace. He considered the whole world his home. Empathy for fellow human beings was the strongest quality of his character and we all must imbibe those humanistic values,� the Chief Minister said.
Urging the people to follow the ideals propagated by Dr Hazarika in songs like We�re in the Same Boat Brother and Jilikabo Luitore Paar, Sonowal said people must realise the true essence of Dr Hazarika�s songs so that the Assam�s true potential could be harnessed to propel it on the path of rapid development.
�Transcending the boundaries of the country and region, Dr Hazarika established Assamese identity on the global cultural map and introduced the music and culture of the land to the world. It was the dream of Dr Hazarika to build a greater Assamese society based on the humanitarian values and we must strive hard to realise his dreams following his ideals of universal brotherhood,� Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also urged the youth to take the responsibility of ushering in a period of development and growth for Assam through hard work and dedication.�
Minister for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, Chief Minister�s legal and media advisers Shantanu Bharali and Hrishikesh Goswami respectively, MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Director of Cultural Affairs Bishnu Kamal Bora were also present in the function.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) paid glowing tribute to Dr Hazarika by lighting 10,000 earthen lamps on the banks of historic Dighalipukhuri. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of the legendary singer at Dighalipukhuripar. AASU leaders Samujjal Bhattacharya, Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurinjyoti Gogoi also visited Dr Hazarika�s Samadhi Kshetra and his Nizarapar residence to offer their tribute.
The student body, however, lamented the fact that despite so many years of Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s death, not enough has been done to preserve his creations. �The State government must answer when it is going to incorporate the creations of Bhupen Hazarika in academic curriculum and when they would start a cultural train to commemorate his life and work,� the student body questioned.
The AASU further demanded that the Guwahati railway station should be renamed after Dr Bhupen Hazarika and an international research centre should be set up in his name.
The members of the Lawyers� Association Guwahati also paid tribute to the maestro gathering near the CJM court campus and singing his timeless song Mahabahu Brahmaputra. Floral tributes were paid to the iconic musician. A cultural programme was also held.