Thousands of mourners joined the funeral procession of the music maestro Bhupen Hazarika from the Judges' Field to the Guwahati University campus, where his mortal remains were consigned to flames by his son Tez Bhupen Hazarika on Wednesday.
Bhupen Da was accorded full state honors before his mortal remains were cremated. Assam Governor J B Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paid tribute to the great son of Assam. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj attended the funeral while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi sent their representatives to pay homage to the singer.
Bhupen died of multiple organ failure on November 5 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. Born in 1926 at a place called Sadiya, one of the Assam's remotest areas, he turned into a child prodigy when he recorded his first song 'Biswa Bijoy No Jowan' for the second Assamese film, "Indramalati".
He was one of India's oldest singers and sang over 1,500 during his seven decades career until bad health stopped him from singing a couple of years ago. His songs were deeply influenced by American and Assamese folk tunes and his songs of building a 'new Assam' and a 'new India' inspired the Indians of his generation and beyond. His soothing voice could make any mediocre song melodious.
Check out the photos of Bhupen Da's final journey!