Father’s Day, June 17th was marked by a Naam ceremony at the residence of Ruma and Debojit Barua to honor Bhupenda, a father figure for the entire community, Nagendranath Bezbora (Ruma’s father) and Suren Barua (Debojit’s father). Besides all the local people, we were very fortunate to have Amulya and Jona Barthakur from Guwahati (parents of Priyanka Kaushik) who guided us with the rituals. After the ceremony, the attendees all drove in a convoy to Lake Erie Metropark and immersed Bhupenda’s and Ruma’s father’s ashes together. It was a symbolic and touching moment to see the ashes mingle and float away, the two friends re-united again for eternity. The community had also organized a Sraddhanjali to Bhupenda in November 2011 and a Sangeet Alekhya at the Rongali Bihu celebrations in April 2012 (see previous newsletters).
The Indian Embassy office at Washington DC with the co-operation of Assamese Community of DC Area hosted a Memorial Service for Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika on December 3, 2011 (Saturday) from 4:00pm to 6:30pm at their Chancery office at 2107, Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC – 20008.
Rajeeb Barua anchored the service:
- Welcome Address from Embassy
- Lighting Ceremonial Lamp: by DCM Ambassador Arun K.Singh, and Aroona Borpujari
- Borgeet: by Nipika Patgiri, Arundhotee Goswami, Barnali Deka
- Bhupen Hazarika’s Bio: by Smita Barua
- Observance of 1 minute silence in memory of Bhupen Hazarika
- Chorus: by Satyen Das, Rabin Goswami, Anurag Barua, Arundhotee Goswami, Nipika Patgiri, Barnali Deka
- Memorial Address: by DCM Ambassador Arun K.Singh
- Few words by: Tej Hazarika, son of Bhupen Hazarika
- Bhupen Hazarika’s Song: by Rabin Goswami
- Eulogy Poem: by Anu Borah
- Eulogy: by Satyen Das, Naren Bora, Dulali Perlmutter, Dina Ahmed, Deva Borah, Joor Baruah, Asad Rehman, Mitali Sharma
- Vote of Thanks: by Asad Rehman
- Light Refreshment
World Community Bow to Assam Legend in London - Rini Kakati
On Friday evening 18 November, 2011 Nehru Centre the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission presented a Shradhanjali programme to commemorate and paid highest tribute to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the stalwart in the annals of India's cultural heritage, a multifaceted genius of Assam, and legendary - national and international cultural icon, who represented and reflected with perfection, the socio - cultural political image of our great country India. On Friday morning, Assamese community gathered at the bank of river Thames and arranged an immerse of the ashes of Bhupen da with holy prayer and naam kirtan. It is not everyday people like him is born 85 years of meaningful existence will add significantly in uploading the rich culture tradition flourshing in Assam for ages. The Shradhanjali programme was initiated by Rini Kakati, NRI Assam Co-ordinator for UK.