Bhupen Hazarika: Nation pays tribute to the late singer

Guwahati, Nov 8 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): On Tuesday, actors Raveena Tandon and Seema Biswas reached Guwahati to pay their last tribute to the singer, local media reported. Cremation ceremony of Hazarika will be performed on Wednesday,  Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced on Tuesday.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Pawan Singh Ghatowar will attend funeral function of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.

He will lay wreath on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during funeral function of Hazarika on Wednesday.

Both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments have announced a state holiday on Tuesday in honour of the iconic singer who passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Saturday.

Hazarika, best known for bringing Assamese folk songs into the limelight, will be cremated at the Gauhati University campus, on the banks of the Brahmaputra.

The last rites will be performed by his only son Tez Bhupen Hazarika who arrived at Guwahati on Tuesday afternoon from the U.S.

The cremation will take place at the the University where the noted vocalist had worked a couple of years and also written its anthem.

Since Monday, more than 2 million people from all over India, gathered at Guwahati to participate in last journey of the singer who was called the cultural icon of North-East India.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to arrive at Guwahati to pay a floral tribute to Hazarika.

On Monday, as the legendary singer’s body reached Guwahati from Mumbai, thousands of people assembled to catch a glimpse of their Assamese icon for the last time.

The Jet Airways flight that carried his body touched Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati around 11.30 am.

A guard of honour was given to the singer who passed away at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.

Governor J.B. Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paid floral tribute to the man who contributed significantly to the world of music before his deep baritone silenced post a multi-organ failure.

Hazarika was suffering from respiratory and kidney failure. He was 85.

The singer was undergoing dialysis at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital after both his kidneys failed. He was admitted to the hospital on June 29.

As a singer, Hazarika was known for his deep baritone voice and crisp diction; as a lyricist, he was known for poetic compositions and parables that touch on a wide range of themes ranging from the erotic to social and political commentary; and as a composer for his use of folk music with a touch of the contemporary.

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