Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Khetra reopens for tourists on his 95th birth anniversary


Guwahati: On the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of the legendary music maestro Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Khetra Memorial in Jalukbari, Guwahati, has been reopened today for visitors.

The Samadhi Khetra will reopen abiding by all the COVID-19 protocol, said Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bhupen Hazarika Smadhi Khetra was closed for several months.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister Keshab Mahanta paid their rich tribute to the legendary singer.

CM Sarma took to Twitter and wrote, “Paid rich tributes to legendary music maestro Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 95th birth anniversary. May the timeless and universal compositions of the Bard of Brahmaputra continue to inspire humanity for generations to come.”

Bhupen Hazarika, also known as Xudha kontho (meaning cuckoo, literally “nectar-throated”) was born on September 8, 1926, in Tinsukia district of Assam.

He was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet, and filmmaker from Assam (meaning cuckoo, literally “nectar-throated”).

He was also known as the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’ because of his evergreen songs.

In 2011, Hazarika was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai. On June 30, 2011, he was admitted to the intensive care unit, and later he died of multi-organ failure on 5 November 2011.

Awarads: (Bharat Ratna (2019) (Posthumously), Padma Vibhushan (2012) (Posthumously), Padma Shri (1977), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992), Padma Bhushan (2001), Sangeet Natak Akademy Fellowship (2008), etc.)