My journey would make a wonderful story: Bhupen Hazarika's son

Tez Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika's son Tej is working on several projects to keep alive the legacy of his late father - - writing essays and letters connected to him, preserving memorabilia related to the music legend and archiving his works and is even mulling penning a book.

Tej, who heads an independent publishing company in New York called Cool Grove Press, says his stay in Assam after his father's death a year ago was a rich experience and would make a wonderful story.

"Running a small imprint is still a lot of work. I am writing essays, statements and letters that are connected to him, his legacy. There is a public role that has emerged that I want to bring some responsibility to. Let's say I am learning Assamese in a mindful manner. Like everybody else, his legacy is an indelible part of my makeup no matter what I do.

"For a book, my path in Assam is a rich experience. I think that the opportunity is my father's blessing to me. It would make a wonderful story," said Tej.

He and his octogenarian mother, Priyamvada Patel Hazarika, who's based in Ottawa in Canada, have come to Assamfor Hazarika's first death anniversary tomorrow.

He says in addition to having his father's works translated into English and other major languages, he fully supports private practices of individuals to preserve their personal memorabilia of the Dada Saheb Phalke winner.

"After all they are personal possessions and people should be free to do what they wish with them... We certainly plan on preserving by archiving what we have between family and friends and find better ways to do the same. What is great is that people are already doing it on their own. There is need to preserve these memories, whoever will take the time, and there is room for everyone," he says.

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