GUWAHATI, Dec 5 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today observed completion of one month of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s demise by holding prayer meets and lighting lamps in the evening throughout the State.
In Guwahati, the AASU organized an akhanda thiya naam in association with the Brihattar Doulutsav Udjapan Samiti as part of a ceremony to pay tributes to Dr Hazarika on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri.
People also came in large numbers to pay homage before the statue of the maestro at the site.
The AASU also mourned the death of author and historian Ambika Charan Choudhury, saying that the State had lost a luminary in his death.
The students� body will fly its flag at half-mast for three days as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
The Assamese Department of Gauhati University also condoled the death of Choudhury. At a condolence meet held today, Dr Rabha Hakasam, Head of the Dept, termed his death as an irreparable loss to the Assamese society and conveyed the department�s sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Samadhi Sthal: Gauhati University (GU) has proposed to develop the Samadhi Sthal (cremation ground) of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika into a centre of learning as well as a tourist destination, with the financial assistance from the State Government, North Eastern Council (NEC) and the Ministry of Development of the Northeast Region (DoNER).
Disclosing this, highly placed sources in the University told this newspaper that a proposal with this aim in view has been prepared and it is being placed before the appropriate forum and after getting the proposal approved, steps would be taken to implement it within a short period.
The proposal includes a centre for performing arts, a digital archive with audio and video facilities for art and culture of the NE region, a library on art and culture, a modern conference room and a modern auditorium in the Samadhi Sthal area.
The Samadhi Sthal will be under the administrative jurisdiction of the University and a committee has also been proposed to look after the implementation of the above proposal and to deal with the day-to-day activities on developing the site.
However, sources said the proposal is still in a very preliminary stage and expert opinions would be taken to detail out each of its components in the days to come.