November the 5th

The city roads on Saturday, the 5th of November reminded all of that faithful day back in 2011 when the state and even the nation mourned the death of a legend. I remember I was doing my graduation back in Kolkata and how my mum was giving me all the details. How the people went into frenzy, how the city just stopped and how every person just rushed to pay their homage to the Jajabor who gave the state and the country so much to remember. This Saturday also saw the city was filled with the memory of the legend all around as there were his cut-outs around town, gatherings in his name, events organized in his memory and his music being played in every junction. Dighalipukahri was all lit up in his memory and it looked nothing less than a dream.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika is not just a name for all of us whom we miss but is a memory that we hold on to and cherish. And so on the 5th death anniversary of the bard of Brahmaputra, tributes and love flowed in from all corners of the world. Bangladesh commemorated the legend’s legacy by a cultural event organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, a state- sponsored cultural centre of national importance in the Bangladesh.

The Chief Minister of Assam Sri Sarbananda Sonowal invoked Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s philosophy of building bridges between communities and called for it to be turned into reality. He also said that all should strive to emulate Bhupenda’s ideals and philosophy in their lives and that there should be more bridge building between the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys.

Sadiya, in Tinsukia district the birthplace of the Jajabor had witnessed a number of programmes to commemorate the death anniversary. The Sadiya Sahitya Sabha organized a shradhanjali event which was attended by hundreds who paid their homage to their most loved Bhupenda.

Many agreed that Bhupenda’s “manuhe manuhor babe” should be a call for unity that shall cut across all religious and communal lines and is the need of the times. As a lyricist, Bhupenda has given us such gems that are so meaningful and apt that they just fit into the world of today and act as an anchor to bring back the peace of society.

Though the legend is not amidst us any longer but his words shall always enlighten us and guide us in the right path.

Source: T.B for The Blueyes Infotainment

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