Assam government has set itself on a mission mode to acquire an abandoned three-storey house located at Kolkata’s Golf Course Road, Tollygunje from its present owner where the bard had lived and created his magic for about 40 decades.
The objective is to preserve the house number 77B in Kolkata’s one of the busiest locations was from where the legendary Bhupen Hazarika came to be known to the world now stands frozen in time and uncared for. It was this house from where he gave the world most of his unforgettable and extraordinary creations.
The legend had moved to this house in 1956, first as a tenant. He later bought the house in the 80’s. Sometimes in mid-90’s he shifted base to Mumbai never to return to the Golf Course Road house, which by then started to be identified as Bhupenda’s house. The abandoned house once was frequented by greats in the likes of Hemanta Mukherjee, Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey.
The state government is determined to purchase the house and is ready to pay the present owner handsomely. Sonowal is likely to call on his West Bengal counterpart Mamta Banerjee for a joint effort to preserve Bhupenda’s house.