Arunachal mourns Bhupenda

Itanagar: As a mark of respect to Bhupen Hazarika, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has declared state mourning tomorrow when the last rites of the legendary singer will be performed in Guwahati. All state government offices would remain closed tomorrow in the state, of which Hazarika was a "friend, philosopher and guide", an official release quoted Tuki as saying.

Tuki, who is in New Delhi, expressed regret that he would not be able to personally attend the last rites of "one of the greatest personalities of the northeast". However, the Chief Minister said, emotionally he would be with all those in grief in the demise of Hazarika.

Hazarika had produced, directed, and composed the music for the state`s first Hindi feature film in colour `Meri Maa Mera Dharam` in 1977. He also directed a colour documentary for the Arunachal Pradesh government on tribal folk songs and dances entitled `For Whom The Sun Shines` in 1974.

In 1977, the state government had awarded him a gold medal for his outstanding contribution towards tribal welfare, and uplift of tribal culture through cinema and music.