The mortal remains of Khagen Mahanta consigned to flames on Friday a day after the folk song exponent passed away at his own residence in Guwahati.
His son Angarag Mahanta lit the funeral pyre at a plot adjacent to the Sankardev Kalakhetra in presence of thousands of bereaved people in the afternoon.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, social welfare minister Akon Bora, forest minister Rockybul Hussain, cultural affairs minister Pranati Phukan, Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravartty were prominent among those who attended the funeral.
Before that his body was taken from his residence to the Seuj Sangha who he set up a few decades ago in Ambikagiri Nagar.
Then it was kept at the Ravindra Bhawan premises for four hours to fecilitate the people to pay their last respect to the cultural icon.