Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS), in collaboration with Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of Indian High Commission, is set to take the works of Bhupen Hazarika to a global audience on September 16.
FASS is a forum of non-resident Assamese.
Rini Kakati, organiser and FASS coordinator for the UK, through a press release from London said a concert would be held at Mayfair, London, to commemorate the 90th birth anniversary of Bhupen Hazarika, which falls on September 8.
‘The concert will be a significant step in our endeavour to take Bhupen da to a global forum in which artistes from India and Bangladesh will unite to celebrate his musical journey,’ Kakati said.
The programme will be compered by Lalit Mohan Joshi – co-founder of the South Asian Cinema Foundation, a film historian, critic and former BBC journalist – through a presentation of a film clip entitled Bhupen Hazarika.
Singer of Indian Idol Junior fame Nahid Afrin from Assam and Romen Choudhury, famous accordion player of Assam, All India Radio, will perform along with other artistes from India and Bangladesh.
Dignitaries in the Event
Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of India, will chair the event while Khodeker M Talha, acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh, is expected to be the guest of honour.
The invited dignitaries include Sankar Prosad Kakoti Bora, regional director of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indian-born British economist and politician Meghnad Desai, London-based journalist Ashish Ray, Kailash Budhwar, former head of BBC Hindi service, and Rita Payne, president, Commonwealth Journalists Association.
Bhupen Hazarika left for heavenly abode on November 5, 2011, at the age of 85. His vision encompassed the entire world, reflecting the mood and passion of the oppressed and downtrodden in his ballads and folk tunes that he picked up from different places.
‘From pre-Independent India till today, no individual has matched late Bhupen Hazarika’s contributions, which have motivated, represented, dominated, enlightened, woken and inspired the people of this region,’ Kakati said