Guwahati: The Assam government has sanctioned Rs 1.7 crore in order to buy Bhupen Hazarika’s Kolkata house. Another Rs 25 lakh has been sanctioned to preserve Hazarika’s Tollygunge house in Kolkata. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting held on Monday at the Janata Bhawan.
Hazarika moved into a flat in the Tollygunge house at 77B Golf Club Road in 1956 as a tenant and later bought the place in the Eighties. It was during his stay in Bengal when he achieved international fame. Hazarika’s songs were translated into Bengali and Manush manusher jonye was hummed in every nooks and corner of West Bengal.
It may be mentioned that a team of the state government, led by Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley and Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Hrishikesh Goswami, had signed a “deal” with the present owner of the house Sushil Kumar Dangi to obtain the ownership of the house and turn it into a memorial or cultural centre.
The house was in a dilapidated state and the family members of Hazarika sold the house at a “throw away” amount, as per reports. The state government had to pay thrice the price to obtain the ownership of the house, as per reports.