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Last rites of Bhupen Hazarika performed in Guwahati

Guwahati, Wed, 09 Nov 2011 ANI

Guwahati (Assam), Nov.9 (ANI): The mortal remains of the Bard of Brahmaputra Bhupen Hazarika were consigned to flames on Wednesday by his son Tez Bhupen Hazarika after full state honours were accorded to him at the Gauhati University campus.


Thousands turned up for Hazarika's final rites that included the sounding of the Last Post and a 21-gun salute.


Tez Bhupen Hazarika lit the pyre at 10:20 a.m. after performing all rituals associated with the last rites.


The singer's companion of nearly 40 years Kalpana Lajmi sobbed and prayed with folded hands.


Earlier, Hazarika's body was draped in Assam's traditional gamosa and brought to Gauhati University campus at around 10 a.m. from the historic Judges Field.


Final tributes were paid by Assam Governor J B Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.


Wreaths were placed by Union DONER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on behalf of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and by BJP leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.


After last respects were paid, the body was taken out of the casket and transferred to a bamboo bier. His son and nephews carried him on his final journey to the sandalwood pyre.


About 70 kilograms of sandalwood collected from the University Botanical Garden were used for the funeral pyre.


After lighting the pyre, Tez knelt and bowed to the people with folded hands, thanking them for their love and respect for his father.


Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also placed a sandalwood on the pyre. (ANI)



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