Imphal: Assamese folk legend Bhupen Hazarika may have passed away, but he still lives on the hearts and minds of the people of the north-east.
Recently, a concert was organized in Imphal on his first death anniversary.
The magic of Hazarika’s songs mesmerized every one who visited the BheigyaChandra Open Air theatre in Imphal on October 20.
The concert, ``A Homage to Dr Bhupen Hazarika from Manipur``, organized under the aegis of Rongali Bihu Celebration Committee, saw singers from different parts of the state presenting Bhupen Da’s music in Manipuri.
An album, comprising of 22 songs by Bhupen Hazarika, and translated to Manipuri, was also released during the event.
Though Bhupenda never performed in Manipur, but he has many fans in the state.
“I feel good to be part of this event. Though I never saw late Bhupen Hazarika performing when he was alive but through this event I got an opportunity to remember him again, and find out more about him,” said Sarita Gazmer, a singer.
“Some of Bhupen Hazarika’s songs have been translated into Manipuri language. They were released today. We will soon release this album in Assam as well. The event will definitely foster better relations between Assam and Manipur,” Hazarika’s brother Samar said.
Eminent singers and other dignitaries like filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma and noted Assamese singer and music director J P Das attended the event and paid floral tributes to the legendary singer.
A presentation showcasing different phases of Bhupen Hazarika’s life, his achievements and contributions to the field of music was made during the event.
“It is a good occasion and also the right time to get to know each other better. It is a great pleasure for me to be part of the event,” said L. Keshor, Assistant Director, Arts and Culture Department, Manipur.
The iconic singer-composer passed away on November 5 last year. He was 85.