The members of Assam Sahitya Sabha’s, Silchar branch, paid tribute to eminent vocalist, poet, lyricist, musician, and film maker, Bhupen Hazarika on Monday, on his 7th death anniversary.
Addressed widely as ‘sudhakantha’ all over Assam, the members of Assam Sahitya Sabha’s, Silchar branch, chalked out a day long program to mark this day.
President of this branch, Samir Medhi, began the proceedings by hoisting Sahitya Sabha’s flag to remember Bhupen Da.
Hundreds of Bhupen Hazarika fans later paid floral tributes, which was first started off by Sahitya Sabha’s pensioner, Suhag Moni Barman.
Talking to Northeast Now, Samir Media, President of Assam Sahitya Sabha, Silchar branch, said, “We have earmarked a day long program to mark this day. A ‘drawing’ and a ‘debate’ competition has been organized in Tarun Ram Phookan Girls High School during the day, and later, in the evening we would hold a seminar, wherein, topic of discussion would centre on, how Bhupen Da’s songs had a mass appeal, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language. Discussions too would not be confined to only one language and he or she can speak in any languages that Bhupen Da too delivered, mesmerizing audiences not just in Assam, or, in India, but, the world as a whole.”
Samir Media added, “The present day Assam, badly needs to ponder over the songs of Bhupen Da that not only taught us to remain united, but also, struggle unitedly in order to achieve a common dream of making Assam a better place for peace and tranquility never to leave its shores.”
His songs, mostly written by him, can teach us how to unify in trying times, which is the need of the hour, said, Samir Medhi.
Meanwhile, the district administration of Cachar too didn’t forget to pay tributes to this legend of Assam. The sound systems put in place all over Silchar town, blazed from Monday morning, playing soulful renditions of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika to set the tune of this day.