Guwahati, Nov 5 : A museum dedicated to the life and works of Dr Bhupen Hazarika was inaugurated at his ‘Samadhi Kshetra’ (memorial) in Jalukbari area of Guwahati, Assam’s main city, today, as the state paid homage to the musical maestro on his seventh death anniversary.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally opened the museum, ‘Sonowali Suworoni’, which will showcase the different facets of Dr Hazarika’s life and his journey, including his creative compositions.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, “Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 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.”
Urging the people to follow the ideals of Dr Hazarika who always worked for uniting all sections of society through his creations where cultures of all communities of the state got reflected, Sonowal said people must strive for defeating the evil designs of the forces trying to disturb the social harmony of the state.
The chief minister called on the youth of the state to spread the message unity and harmony and not hatred on social media while defending the age old unity and harmony of the Assamese society in the face of newer challenges.
Informing that the houses of the Assamese cultural doyen at Kolkata and Kuthori at Kaziranga would be preserved by the state government, Sonowal said 300 bighas of land have been acquired by the government for the purpose of setting up a cultural complex in the name of Dr Bhupen Hazarika near the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu, connecting Dhola and Sadiya.
State Cultural Minister Naba Kumar Doley, MP Bijoya Chakrabarty, Chairman of Jyoti Chitraban Film Society Pabitra Margherita, Director of Cultural Affairs Barnali Sarma, and others were present on the occasion.
Tributes were paid to the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’ across the state, as cultural programmes were organised at different parts to remember the immortal composition of Dr Hazarika.(UNI)