Assam Assembly demands Bharat Ratna for Bhupen Hazarika
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
After the Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Narah
agreed with the members the House, a unanimous resolution was