Bhupen Hazarika’s home at Kuthori in Nagaon district is set to be turned into a heritage building. The decision came in the wake of the singer’s 90th anniversary. State Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary announced this after a cabinet meeting in Majuli, Upper Assam.
The two-room house at Kuthori was constructed on a plot of 20 bighas. Hazarika used to take rest in the house when he travelled. Many of his creations were penned in this house. After receiving the Rajat Kamal for his film Chamelee Memsaab, he had reportedly built the house and developed a farm as he had a dream of opening a centre of folk culture in the area.
The house was later sold to a Guwahati – based firm, Deb & Him Son’s Ltd. Following the request of local MLA Keshab Mahanta, who is now a Cabinet Minister, the firm agreed to allow preservation of the house and build a statue of Hazarika and develop a park on the land. Last year, Mahanta had unveiled the statue. A few paintings of Hazarika are also on display in the house.
Source: Rajiv Konwar