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The words and melodies of Dr Bhupen Hazarika,who passed away in November last year,still resonate deeply in the hearts of many in his native state,Assam.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: June 2, 2012 3:08 am

For the Record

The words and melodies of Dr Bhupen Hazarika,who passed away in November last year,still resonate deeply in the hearts of many in his native state,Assam. Now,Hope — a Guwahati-based event management company — has organised a tribute to Hazarika at Sarusajai stadium on June 3,aiming at a gathering of around 2,000 guitarists to strum the tunes of Bistirno Parore. “It’s one of Hazarika’s most famous songs,” says Subrajyoti Das,one of the organisers. The organisers are also eyeing a place in the Limca Book of World Records by setting the record of being the largest guitar ensemble in the world. Registrations,open to anyone from across India,began in Guwahati a month ago via social media as well as by physically handing out forms. As many as 2,000 people have registered so far. The team has already organised two practice sessions where people turned up in batches of 300.

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Chennai-based Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) recently announced that Jordan Rudess — the keyboardist from American progressive metal band Dream Theater — will be part of their diploma progra­m­me. Jordan’s residency at SAM is part of Diploma Programme for Fall 2012 and is exclusive to dipl­oma students. Apart from him,the faculty includes various other popular singers and performers from around the world.

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