Guwahati, Oct 12 (IANS) The Assam government will institute an international music award in the name of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced this Friday after a meeting with the Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Scheme Implementation Advisory Committee.
The award will be known as Bhupen Hazarika International Award for Brotherhood Through Music, Gogoi said.
The decision was taken to make the ideals and invaluable creations of the balladeer immortal.
A genius, Hazarika was a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and film-maker of repute.
He was the only pioneer of Assam's film industry, and was hailed as the uncrowned king of northeast India's cultural world.
Hazarika passed away in November last year in Mumbai.
The Assam government has also decided to create a light and sound show at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural complex here, to reflect the creative works of Hazarika.
The meeting also decided to create a Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Trust and upgrade the existing Bhupen Hazrika Museum to a full fledged one, Gogoi said.