In a bid to pay tribute to the legendary singer of Assam, Bhupen Hazarika, the Dibrugarh University (DU) is all set to start a course on the balladeer from the next academic session. DU Vice Chancellor Alak Kumar Buragohain announced the commencement of the course on fifth death anniversary of the music maestro on Saturday.
‘Our university has decided to start a course on Bhupen Hazarika at the post-graduate level. The syllabus is ready. Not only local students, students from abroad too can learn about the life and times of Hazarika. They can acquaint themselves with the vast repertoire of his creations,’ said Buragohain on the sidelines of a programme organized by the All Assam Students’ Union to release an audio compilation of Hazarika’s evergreen songs sung by college and university students. The course will start from July next under the aegis of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Studies in Performing Arts.
Buragohain recollected the days when the icon would move from one corner of Assam to another dousing the flames of hatred ignited by communal and ethnic clashes. A young Hazarika was then an activist of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and his heart-wrenching songs were a balm for troubled minds. Buragohain said Hazarika’s political philosophy is yet to be explored fully.