On the eve of Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 89th birth anniversary, the state cultural affairs department said the much-awaited memorial for the icon would be inaugurated on November 5, his death anniversary.
The state government has lined up a series of programmes in memory of the maestro. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is expected to visit to oversee the memorial site, which is still under construction, at Jalukbari near Gauhati University.
In 2011, the State government announced that a memorial to honour Hazarika would be built at the very spot where he was consigned to flames. However, it faced criticism from various quarters after the deadline for the memorial had to be extended several times.
“We are confident that by November 5, the memorial will be completed. We are trying hard to complete the construction as fast as possible,” said Preetom Saikia, commissioner and secretary, cultural affairs department.
The multi-crore-project will include a two-storey structure, the exterior of which will be in the shape of the traditional Assamese ‘namaskar’. It will comprise a glass dome inspired by the Kamakhya temple that will give visitors a 360-degree view.
The two-storey structure will house a library with rare photographs of the legendary artist and an audio-visual room. The premises will also house an open-air theatre, a pen-shaped aluminium statue in the shape of Hazarika’s silhouette, a musical fountain and a souvenir shop.
The temporary memorial spot that was constructed after his passing remained unfrequented by visitors as it was very close to a national highway.