Assam mourns son Bhupen Hazarika death

Guwahati: Assam went into mourning on Saturday after the news of the demise of Bhupen Hazarika spread with fans and well wishers of the legendary singer-composer gathering outside his residence here to pay tributes. Almost all houses here have lighted lamps as a homage to the maestro.

The mortal remains of Hazarika, who died in a Mumbai hospital, was likely to be brought here on Monday, his family said.

Hazarika`s brother Samar said family members were discussing the future course of action and his body was likely to be brought here on Monday for the last rites. Samar, himself a popular singer in Assam, said the news of the death of his brother was yet to sink in. "Bhupenda was a fighter and we hoped against hope that he will bounce back. What can I say now? There is a lot to say about him, but I just can put words to it," he said.

Members of All Assam Students` Union gathered near the maestro`s statue at Dighalipukhuri area here with people stopping to pay tribute to him by lighting lamps.

Popular singer Zubin Garg said the passing away of Hazarika has created a void in the cultural arena of the state. "He was ailing for months but we all hoped he will recover and return home. Bhupenda will forever live among the Assamese," Garg said.