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Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in a meeting on Monday regarding unveiling of the statue. PSource: Twitter

A statue of legendary singer, lyricist, musician, poet & film-maker from Assam, Dr Bhupen Hazarika will be unveiled in the first week of November at his birthplace – Bolung at Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh.

This was informed by Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Monday.

In a tweet on his official Twitter handle, Mein informed that a meeting was held in this regard on Monday.

The Arunachal Pradesh Government has erected a statue of the legendary music composer at Bolung village in Dibang Valley district of the State.

The ten feet bronze statue has been sculpted by Biren Singh, noted artiste and sculptor from Assam.

The Arunachal Pradesh Government had earlier allocated Rs 30 lakh for the statue in 2015 as a tribute to the legendary musician who contributed a lot for the state in the cultural field.

The Bolung village is adjacent to Assam’s Sadiya area where his parents lived.

The Arunachal government later in 2016-17 also allocated Rs 70 lakh for erection of two statues of Hazarika at Yazali in Lower Subansiri district and Itanagar.

The land for erecting the statue was donated by the sons of former MLA of Arunachal Pradesh Provisional Legislative Assembly Gora Pertin as a tribute to Bhupen da.

Interesting anecdote of Bhupenda’s childhood is that as an infant he once got lost from his parents and he spent a couple of days in a tribal family at Bolung village.

He was later returned to his parents by a young girl of the Adi tribe.

Notably, Bhupen da had once said that he was an Arunachalee because he was breastfed by an Arunachalee mother when he got lost during his childhood.

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