Assam Assembly demands Bharat Ratna for Bhupen Hazarika

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 22:03

Guwahati: The Assam Assembly today
unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to present
the country`s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to music
legend Bhupen Hazarika.


A proposal was moved by opposition Asom Gana Parishad
(AGP) members who demanded the 83-year-old Hazarika be given
the award for his contribution to art and culture.

In 1992, the singer-composer was awarded the Dadasaheb
Phalke Award for lifetime achievements in cinema.


Cutting across party lines, MLAs hailed Hazarika as an
icon who has left a mark in the country`s cultural history.


Urging the Centre to present the award during his
lifetime, they demanded a formal resolution be passed in the
House.


After the Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Narah
agreed with the members the House, a unanimous resolution was
passed.

-PTI




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