Assam pays floral tributes to legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.

Bhupen Hazarika Guwahati: On Monday, the first death anniversary of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika will be marked by the lighting of 10,000 earthen lamps at his cremation site on the Gauhati University premises among chanting of religious hymns throughout the day.

Manisha Hazarika, the late singer’s sister-in-law, said that members of the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust (BHCT) and other socio-cultural cultural organizations would visit the cremation site in the morning to pay floral tributes to Hazarika. But, different his 86th birth anniversary that was celebrated in a grand way in September, the balladeer’s first death anniversary would be observed in a sombre manner.

She said that “It is very painful to even think that it has been one year since we lost Bhupenda. So, we have decided not to organize any musical programme at the site where Bhupenda was cremated.”

Though, students of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Sangeet Vidyalaya, a music school based in the lower Assam town of Nalbari with several other singers, will sing some of Hazarika’s songs on the occasion.

As well, the students and teachers of Gauhati University will offer their own tribute to Hazarika, who also provides as a teacher at Gauhati University. The state cultural affairs department will organize a cultural programme at Rabindra Bhawan in the city devoted to the singer on Monday.

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