USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque offering floral tribute to Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 8th death anniversary
9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, 5th November 2019: On the occasion of the 8th death anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya and Asam Sahitya Sabha fondly remembered the “Xudhakantha” by paying floral tribute, singing his timeless songs and also by staging a play that featured folk culture of Assam. The programme was graced by Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM; Dr Paramananda Rajbonshi, President of Asam Sahitya Sabha; Dr Shah Md. Tanvir Monsur, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh at Guwahati, apart from other members of the two institutions.
A scene from the play “Kamala Kuwarir Xadhu” staged at USTM on the occasion of Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s Death Anniversary
Welcoming the guests and students, Mahbubul Hoque said that the people of the region are ever grateful to Dr Bhupen Hazarika who dedicated his life to sing for humanity and brought the rich folk heritage of Assam and the North East interpreting it beautifully for the world through his everlasting songs. “Bhupen da is very close to our heart. At USTM we have dedicated a research fellowship in his name for doing research on the literary work of this great personality”, he said.
Dr Paramananda Rajbonshi said that Dr Hazarika had been an integral part of Asam Sahitya Sabha and recalled his tenure as its president during 1993. His songs, mainly written in Assamese language and sang by himself are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood. A play titled “Kamala Kuwarir Xadhu”, written and directed by Dr Rajbonshi was also staged by students on the auspicious occasion at the Central Auditorium of USTM.
Dr Shah Md. Tanvir Monsur, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh at Guwahati speaking on the Death Anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika at USTM
Expressing his feelings about the legendary singer and composer, Dr Shah Md. Tanvir Monsur stated that Dr Bhupen Hazarika will always live in the minds and hearts of the people of Bangladesh. He said that the death anniversary of Dr Hazarika is also being observed in Dhaka and a 43 member cultural team from Asam Sahitya Sabha is performing in Dhaka on this occasion. “This is certainly a novel way of promoting bi-lateral relationship between the neighbouring countries”, he added.