New Delhi, August 8, 2019:
Assam’s ‘Sudkantha’ and cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika, along with former President Pranab Mukherjee and social activist Nanaji Deshmukh, have been conferred with India’s highest civilian award: The Bharat Ratna.
Support Independent Media
Support us in our efforts to bring authentic, extensive and thorough news coverage from Northeast India. Do support independent media as good journalism can only survive when a media organization is both editorially and financially independent.
Pay for quality news
Hazarika, popularly known as Sudhakantha (nightingale), is also a poet and a filmmaker. He passed away on 5 November, 2011.
Bhupen Hazarika has also been credited for introducing the folk music of Assam and Northeast India to the Indian cinema.
The late singing maestro’s son Tej Hazarika received the Bharat Ratna on his behalf. “I am feeling very proud and honored”, said Tez, after receiving the award on his late father’s behalf. Tez’s wife and his
The 83-year-old Pranah Mukherjee has had a long political career spanned over five decades, during which he served as the thirteenth president from 2012-2017 and as the Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012, among various key posts.
Social activist Nanaji Deshmukh, who was also posthumously awarded, is one of the founding members of Bharatiya Jan Sangh. He also established a chain of RSS-inspired schools throughout India.
It is to be mentioned that the announcement for Bharat Ratna was made on 25 January in a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has lauded Hazarika and said that he brought about cultural, as well as a social revolution in Assam through his inspirational and iconic songs.
Inside Northeast’s Campaign #LetsSaveDeeporBeel is now supported by Oil India Limited (OIL). Join us as we continue the awareness campaign to preserve the only Ramsar site in Assam which is facing immense threats (A Ramsar site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention). We need your help to preserve this site of great ecological importance. Join the #LetsSaveDeeporBeel campaign and tweet about it, and do tag us on Twitter. Let’s make some noise!