The All Assam Student’s Union (AASU) claimed that not enough is done to preserve and popularize the compositions and contributions of Bharat Ratna recipient – Bhupen Hazarika.
The Chief Advisor of AASU – Samujjal Bhattacharjya, shared, “We have been demanding the inclusion of works of Bhupen Hazarika in the curriculum right from the school level. But the government is yet to take any concrete step.”
The government had assured the institution of chairs in the name of Hazarika at Gauhati, Dibrugarh, and Tezpur universities, but it is yet to materialize.
“We also want chairs in his name in premier varsities across India,” Bhattacharjya added.
The AASU leader also sought an international research centre on Hazarika’s work and a time capsule to preserve his works.
“We have also been asking to name the Guwahati Railway Station after Bhupen Hazarika and expanding the memorial at the Gauhati University premise. Hope these things happen soon,” Bhattacharjya added.
Memorial programmes organised across the state to mark the occasion, and tributes also poured through the social media.
Taking to Twitter, the Assam & Nagaland Governor – Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, wrote, “Like the ever-flowing waters of the Burhaluit, may the words of love, unity and harmony of Sudhakonto (Hazarika) echo through the heart of every Assamese.”
বুঢ়ালুইতৰ চিৰ প্ৰবাহিত জলৰাশিৰ দৰে, সুধাকণ্ঠৰ প্ৰেম, একতা আৰু সমন্ময়ৰ বাণী প্ৰতিধ্বনিত হওক প্ৰত্যেকজন অসমবাসীৰ অন্তৰে অন্তৰে।
চিৰসেউজ সংগীত শিল্পী ভাৰতৰত্ন ডঃ ভূপেন হাজৰিকা দেৱৰ মৃত্যুবাৰ্ষিকীত শ্ৰদ্ধাৰে সোৱঁৰিছোঁ। pic.twitter.com/SANHb6dI8e
— Prof. Jagdish Mukhi (@jagdishmukhi) November 5, 2022
While, the Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma, posted, “The music of Sudhakonto Bhupen Hazarika will flow through our veins forever. Bhupen Hazarika is in our heartbeats.”
সুধাকণ্ঠ ড° ভূপেন হাজৰিকাদেৱৰ সংগীত আমাৰ সিৰাই সিৰাই যুগ যুগলৈ প্ৰবাহিত হৈ থাকিব। ভূপেনদা আমাৰ হিয়াৰ আমঠু৷ মহাবাহুৰ দৰেই অসমবাসীৰ হৃদয়জুৰি বৈ থকা এটি নাম ভাৰতৰত্ন ড° ভূপেন হাজৰিকা৷ বিশ্বমুখী যাত্ৰাৰে আমাক ধন্য কৰা ভূপেনদাক আজি পৱিত্ৰ পুণ্যতিথিত গভীৰ শ্ৰদ্ধাৰে স্মৰণ কৰিলোঁ৷ pic.twitter.com/cIpg58SGaq
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) November 5, 2022
The legendary music maestro and one of the most revered music artists of the country – Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, is being remembered on his 11th death anniversary. Popularly known as the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’, Dr. Hazarika was born on September 8, 1926, in the Sadiya town of Assam.
The Bharat Ratna recipient was born into a family of artists and was introduced to folk music at a very young age. Turned out to be a musical prodigy, Hazarika created his first original piece of art at the age of 13.
The weaver of music, Hazarika donned many hats, including – a poet, music composer, lyricist, singer, actor, journalist, author, and filmmaker. The legend passed away in Mumbai on November 5, 2011, and was cremated near the Brahmaputra river in a plot of land donated by Gauhati University.