Dr Bhupen Hazarika who is called the ‘Bard’ of Assam was not only a singer but also a lyricist, poet and filmmaker. His songs speak of the rivers and hills of Assam and its unmatched beauty as well the cruelty and degeneration of human values. A life-sized statue of him was unveiled at the Bhupen Hazarika Kalabhumi in the Tezpur Museum Complex today.
Noted playwright and Padmashree-awardee Ratan Thiyam unveiled the statue by Kolkata-based sculptor Gautam Pal. Thiyam addressing a sizeable gathering said, ‘Bhupenda’s songs and music will always have echoes in our hearts. Through his music, he revealed his inner voice against the evils afflicting the society.’
Some of the guests present at this occasion were journalist and writer from Nagaland Dr Ngully Charles Chesi, ex-vice president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha Taren Boro, general secretary of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Bidyut Bikash Senapoti, vice president of the Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Sarat Chandra Pator, litterateur Dr Nityananda Gogoi, noted theatre personality Sukrasarjya Rabha, retired Prof of Rhode Island University (USA) Dilip Kr Dutta, Dr Caroline R Marak from Meghalaya and HoD, Department of History, Pcchunga University Dr JV Hluna.