Guwahati, Nov 5 : Assam paid tributes to musical maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 8th death anniversary today.
Participating in the memorial organised by state Cultural Directorate, at the premises of the late doyen’s Samadhi Kshetra in the city, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "If we have to take forward Assam in 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. Empathy for fellow human beings was the strongest quality of his character and we all must imbibe those humanistic values.”
Urging the people to follow the ideals propagated by Dr. Hazarika in his songs, 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 country and region, Dr Hazarika was able to establish Assamese identity on the global cultural map and introduced the world to the music and culture of the land,” Sonowal said.
The chief minister called on the youth of the state to work for preserving the unity and harmony of the Assamese society in the face of newer challenges.
Minister for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, Legal and Media Advisers to the Chief Minister Shantanu Bharali and Hrishikesh Goswami, MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Director of Cultural Affairs Bishnu Kamal Bora were also present, among others. (UNI)