Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bhupen Hazarika was and is the only love of my life: Kalpana Lajmi

The bard of Brahmaputra, as Dr Bhupen Hazarika was known, was a poet, an artist, a musician, a singer, a composer and a social activist. Now, a book titled Bhupen Hazarika — As I Knew Him, written by his closest companion for 40 years, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, will aim to take his work of 75 years to a global platform and show a side to him that’s yet unknown to people. The book contains at least 12 of his songs translated in English by Muni Kabir and illustrated by artist Lalitha Lajmi. 
The filmmaker and author, who intends to make a film on Bhupen someday, tells us what she wishes to convey through the book.

The unseen side of Bhupen

Reams have been written about him through which people came to know about him as a poet, an artist, a musician, a singer, a composer, a social activist and a voice of Northeast India. But being his closest companion for four decades, I have tried to portray Bhupen in a different kind of light that people don’t  know about. The side of Bhupen that would let people know of his tremendous intellectual vibrancy, his far-sighted vision, and his unimaginable versatility. And, also the other side where he is seen as courageous yet innocent, unpredictable yet unimaginable, like a sulking child, who needed a lot of pleading and cajoling.

And if I am to talk about our relationship of four decades, then love has to be depicted. He always said that both of us should celebrate our love story because it was a special, unique love that was undefined and would remain undefined in the conservative parameters and construct of society around us. The journey of our lives from youth to age, into various chapters of life, some memories that we cherished and some which we wish to have forgotten but could not. My love story with Bhupen Hazarika did not fall into the seemingly normal behavioural pattern. Bhupen was and is the great, grand and only love of my life.

Putting the book together

While writing the book, with reminiscence of memories of his songs, the idea came in my mind of putting 10 of his remarkable Assamese songs with their transcreation in English language, so that the reader can understand and get to know the unfathomable depth of his poetry on various topics and social issues. And to add to the imagery of some of the songs, I requested my mother Mrs Lalitha Lajmi, who is a painter of eminence, to make the illustrations. Initially, she was afraid because Bhupen’s poems are so esoteric and politically inclined. She has always been a non-political person and has never been to Assam. So, she was scared that the illustrations don’t go wrong. But finally, she did a marvellous job! I would always be thankful to my mother.

Lalitha’s encouraging words

When she came to know of our relationship initially, she was not supportive. But later, her relation with Bhupen was extremely cordial and of mutual respect. In fact, after his demise, she is the one who told me that I must forget all my personal pain of 40 years and give him a dignified farewell that he deserves and close my chapter with him courageously.
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সুধাকণ্ঠক লৈ কল্পনা লাজমীৰ গ্ৰন্থ ‘ভূপেন হাজৰিকা- এজ আই নিউ হিম’

ডিজিটেল সংবাদ, গুৱাহাটীঃ সুধাকণ্ঠ ড০ ভূপেন হাজৰিকাৰ ৯২ সংখ্যক জন্মদিন উপলক্ষে মুম্বাইত আজি উন্মোচন কৰা হ’ব এখন বিশেষ গ্ৰন্থ। এই গ্ৰন্থখন লিখি উলিয়াইছে সুধাকণ্ঠৰ ঘনিষ্ঠ সহযোগী কল্পনা লাজমীয়ে।
‘ভূপেন হাজৰিকা- এজ আই নিউ হিম’ শীৰ্ষক গ্ৰন্থখন উন্মোচনৰ বাবে চহৰখনৰ তাজমহল পেলেচত আয়োজন কৰা হৈছে বিশেষ অনুষ্ঠানৰ। এই অনুষ্ঠানত শাৰীৰিক অসুস্থতাকো নেওচি অংশগ্ৰহণ কৰিব কল্পনা লাজমীয়ে। বৃক্ক সংৰোপণৰ পিছত বিগত কেবামাহো ধৰি অসুস্থ হৈ চিকিৎসাধীন হৈ থকা লাজমীয়ে অনুষ্ঠানটোত উপস্থিত থাকিবলৈ আগ্ৰহ প্ৰকাশ কৰাত এম্বুলেন্সেৰে নিয়াৰ দিহা কৰিছে তেওঁৰ বন্ধু মহলে।
এম্বুলেন্সৰে হ’লেও অনুষ্ঠানটোত উপস্থিত হোৱাত লাজমীক সহায় কৰিবলৈ আগবাঢ়ি অহা বন্ধু মহলৰ মাজৰ অন্যতম হৈছে মহেশ ভাট। ‘লাজমী যথেষ্ট অসুস্থ। কিন্তু এই অনুষ্ঠানটোত উপস্থিত থাকিবলৈ ইমান আগ্ৰহ প্ৰকাশ কৰিছে যে আমি বাধা দিবলৈ সাহস কৰিব পৰা নাই। সেয়ে চিকিৎসকৰ সৈতে কথা পাতি এম্বুলেন্সেৰে লৈ যোৱাৰ বন্দোৱস্ত কৰিছো।’-এইদৰে কয় ভাটে
News Source: , 08 Sep 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Book released : Music Legend Bhupen Hazarika

Book Title : Music Legend Bhupen Hazarika 
Author: Hiranya Kumar Das
ISBN Number: 81-901207-2-7
Language: English
Total number of pages: 100
Price: INR 150

About the Author: Hiranya Kumar Das, MA, M Phil (economics) , retired as Director from Ministry of Defence. Before joining central services  he was Lecturer and an Assam Civil Service Officer. He was also Director for information & Public Relations, North East Council on deputation.
His earlier two Assamese books '' Maa" and ''Mahakash Mahasagar aru Bhupen Hazarika'' were highly appreciated by media & critics.

To collect a copy of this book you can contact the author directly , email: 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thongchi bags Bhupen Hazarika Award

GUWAHATI, June 15 - Eminent litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh, Yeshe Dorje Thongchi has been chosen for Sarhad’s Bhupen Hazarika Award 2017.
The award will be conferred on Thongchi – who writes in Assamese – at a function to be held in Jammu and Kashmir in September this year. It also aims at creating a strong bond between Maharashtra and the North East.

Instituted in 2012, the award seeks to honour a person from the North East who has rendered an outstanding work at national and international levels.

Born on June 13, 1952 at village Jigaon of the present-day West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Thongchi has so far written about a dozen novels, and numerous short stories and plays – all in Assamese – a language over which he has a wonderful command. His most well-known novels include Mauna Oonth Mukhar Hriday and Sav Kata Manuh.

Thongchi, whose theme is mostly about the little-known communities of Arunachal Pradesh, is said to be the first author to have actually taken their inside stories to the outside world.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Naming India’s longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika is a true honour for bard and Assam

Guwahati, May 27: The Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, is truly bridging both geographical and psychological distances between people staying in the far-flung northeast and the mainland India.

The moment the 9.15-km bridge, country's longest, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, he declared that the bridge will be officially known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu or Bhupen Hazarika Bridge

Hazarika, the legendary singer, musician, writer and filmmaker--is Assam and northeast India's pride. Till he was alive (Hazarika died on November 5, 2011), the musical genius had always highlighted the cultural richness and multiple issues of the region in front of the world.

He was a "bridge" who helped reducing both the physical and psychological distances with his music and songs. The legendary musician, poet and singer was born in Sadiya, near Tezpur in north Assam. Hazarika also shared great emotional attachment with the Brahmaputra as he wrote several songs and poems honouring the mighty river. 

Immediately after PM Modi announced the decision to name the bridge after the bard, Assam erupted in joy. The people of Assam felt that it was a perfect honour for their Bhupen da (Bhupen, the elder brother) bestowed upon by PM Modi.