GUWAHATI, Sept 10 - On September 8, London celebrated Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s 92nd birthday. This special event was organised by UK�s Srimanta Sankardev International Cultural Centre. The centre�s president, Dr Karuna Sagar Das said, �it is our duty to keep this legend�s name and his work alive and today�s event is an effort towards that.� The event attracted hundreds of attendees from various parts of the UK. What was unique about the event was that attendees were not only Assamese residents living in the UK but also included people from other parts of India and UK residents. The celebration truly felt global with all communities getting together to mark Dr Hazarika�s birthday.
Among the chief guests who were present at the event were Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Member of Parliament from Jorhat and Dibbajyoti Mahanta, Dean of Krishna KantaHandique State Open University. The evening was filled with a series of cultural programmes with each performance being dedicated to the legend himself. Chief artists who flew from Assam to entertain the audience here in the UK were Rupam Talukdar, an accomplished accordion player and Bihu Guru Madhurima Choudhury. Rupam Talukdar accompanied Dr Bhupen Hazarika on the accordion for 18 years and he also managed the music for South East Asian Games. Madhurima Choudhury is an ardent promoter of Bihu and Satriya dance forms and she was given the �Bihu Guru� title by the Government of India�s Cultural Department. Madhurima Choudhury was accompanied by her �Ragini� group dancers named Priyanka Choudhury and Nilakshi Bora. Other performers included the Luitpuria dance group who showcased various dance forms of Assam and North East and few local artists.