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News |  31 Jan 2009 15:51 |  By RnMTeam

Bhupen Hazarika bestowed the first 'Asom Ratna'

MUMBAI: Legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika has been bestowed with the first 'Asom Ratna', one of the highest awards of Assam government.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the award to the "Bard of Brahmaptura" at a simple ceremony on Saturday

Asom Ratna comprises Rs 3,00,000, a citation and a plaque.

Accepting the honour, the 86-year old singer, composer, filmmaker and literatteur said he was indeed grateful to the people and the state government for conferring this "great honour on me while I am still alive." Gogoi said the state government was honoured to give this award to a great personality like Hazarika.