Guwahati, Nov 5 (IANS) Assam on Monday paid rich tributes to music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his seventh death anniversary.
Hundreds of organizations across the state held functions in various places to pay tributes to the maestro.
The Chief Minister said the houses of the Assamese cultural doyen at Kolkata and Kuthori at Kaziranga would be preserved by the state government.
Sonowal said 300 bighas of land have been acquired by the government for the purpose of setting up Dr Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Kshetra near the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu connecting Dhola and Sadiya.
“Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s songs spoke of humanity, brotherhood and peace. He considered the whole world as his home,” said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday while taking part in a programme organised by the state Cultural Directorate at Hazarika’s memorial at Jalukbari in the city.
Urging the people to follow the ideals of Dr Hazarika who always worked for uniting all sections of society, Sonowal said people must strive for defeating those trying to disturb social harmony in the state.
“Transcending the boundaries of the country and region, Dr Hazarika was able to establish Assamese identity on the global cultural map and introduced the world to the music and culture of the land. It was the dream of Dr Hazarika to build a greater Assamese society based on the humanitarian values,” Sonowal said.
The chief minister called upon the youth to spread the message of unity and harmony on social media while defending the age-old unity and harmony of the Assamese society in the face of new challenges.