Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) - Renowned Assamese-Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and film-maker Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 8th death anniversary was observed on Tuesday. On the occasion, a three-day commemorative cultural fest titled "Mora Jatri Eki Taronir" began on Tuesday evening at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)’s National Music and Dance auditorium.
BSA and Assamese cultural organisation Byatikram MASDO jointly organised the three-day event, featuring discussions, songs and dance performances on the legendary artist.
Presided over by BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event was also attended by Byatikram MASDO President Dr Saumen Bharatiya, Renowned Assamese journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuiyan, Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s younger brother Samar Hazarika and Padma-Shri winner Surya Kanta Hazarika.
A book, titled ‘Ami Ek Jajabor’ written by Surya Kanta Hazarika, was unveiled at the programme.
A cultural segment took place after the seminar and the book launching ceremony, featuring BSA and Assamese artists. A number of songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika was presented at the function. Besides, there were several dance performances.
The legendary Assamese music artist Dr Bhupen Hazarika achieved India’s highest civilian awards, including Bharat Ratna (2019, posthumous), Padma Vibhushan (2012), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Shri (1977).
He also received Assam’s highest civilian award Asom Ratna (2009), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992) and became a National Award winning film director for the best Assamese feature film of 1961, ‘Shakuntala’.
Known for his immensely popular, soulful Bengali song ‘Manush Manusher Jonno’- the maestro of Assam passed away on November 5, 2011.