Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lou Majaw nominated for Bhupen Hazarika award

SHILLONG, July 8 - Welknown musician, Lou Majaw, popular for his rendition of Bob Dylan numbers, has been nominated for this year’s “Bhupen Hazarika Award” by a Pune-based NGO.

The NGO, Sarhad, has been conferring the “Bhupen Hazarika Award” to personalities from the North East for their outstanding contribution in diverse fields at the national and international level.

This year the selection committee of Sarhad chose Majaw for his contribution in the field of music. Born in Mawlai here, in 1947, Majaw joined various bands during the 70s and 80s. One of the most successful bands of Majaw was the Great Society. Now, Majaw has his band known as Lou Majaw and Friends.

A press release said that over the years Sarhad has conferred the “Bhupen Hazarika Award” to eminent personalities like film-maker, Jhanu Barua, theatre director, Ratan Thiyam and journalist, Samudra Gupta Kashyap.

The award consists of a memento, certificate and a cash of Rs 51,000. The award would be handed over to Majaw at a ceremony in Pune this October.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tough to pen Bhupen Hazarika’s journey: Director Prem Soni

Prem Soni is finding it tough to pen the journey of the legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika.

Director Prem Soni, who is making a biopic on the late singer Bhupen Hazarika, is finding it tough to pen the journey of the legendary musician.The yet-to-be-titled film chronicles the love story of Hazarika and his companion for 40 years, Kalpana Lajmi.
“The film is still in scripting stage. It would take time, at least two-three months. It’s tough to make a film on a legendary personality like him (Hazarika). It is not easy to create someone’s journey on paper,” Soni told PTI.
Soni, who last directed Preity Zinta’s debut production Ishkq In Paris, is actively working with Lajmi on the script.
“She is helping us a lot with this film. It’s her film, her life. She knows the story well,” he said.
Hazarika has donned several hats such as that of a lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker. He is acknowledged for having introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and north-east India to Hindi cinema.
“I don’t know yet as there is so much to show. It’s an emotional film,” Soni said, when asked about the aspects of Hazarika’s life that he would include in the film.
Names of actors like Irrfan Khan, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, Prosenjit were doing the rounds for the lead role.
The Main Aur Mrs Khanna helmer insists he is yet to cast anyone.
“It would be an iconic role to play on screen. We will get someone apt for the role. It would be a challenge to find the right actor. We don’t know if we will go with an experienced or a young actor to play his character,” Soni said.
Lajmi said, “It’s not easy to make a film on a legend like him (Hazarika). The film will mostly happen next year.”
Bhupen Hazarika died of multi-organ failure in 2011.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Translation of Bhupen's works underway

GUWAHATI, April 26: Bhupen Hazarika Foundation’s first executive meeting was held onboard a ship of the State Inland Water Transport Department in the Fancy Bazar area today. Talking to The Sentinel today, the balladeer’s scion Tez Hazarika said: “The aim and objective of the foundation is to highlight the works of Bhupen Hazarika all over the world by translating them into various languages. Today’s meeting was called to share ideas on implementing some other projects. Translation works into English have been going on smoothly. Effort is on for such translations into Bodo.”

Prominent personalities present at the meeting gave their suggestions for the implementation of the projects.

From April 10 to 25, Tez Hazarika toured various places in Assam seeking suggestions for the project. He also talked to the Centre for the development of Bhupendra Sangeet.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tez launches Bhupen plantation programme

GUWAHATI, April 27: Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika’s scion Tez Hazarika today launched the Bhupendra Briksha plantation programme at the Samadhikshetra of the balladeer at Jalukbari in Guwahati.

Launching the plantation programme there, Hazarika said: “I’m very happy that the people of Assam have named a tree species after my father. If this plant is introduced to the world as Bhupendra Briksha, along with the green environment in the world the environment of Assam will be also highlighted. On behalf of the people of Assam, some NGOs named the indigenous white sandalwood tree after Dr. Hazarika when he was alive. Dr. Hazarika himself planted a white sandalwood tree on the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra premises on January 25, 2011 on the eve of the inauguration of the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Sangrahalaya on the premises. That was the last social programme of the maestro. Now that sapling has grown into a tree in the complex.”

Today’s programme was attended, among others, by Dipanko Hazarika, Alaka Pandey Baruah, Bokul Gogoi, Sewali Kalita, Hemen Deka and others. The programme was organized by two NGOs – Briksha and Banani.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Songs of innocence and experience -- CD released in Jorhat features Bhupen Hazarika's footnotes to 10 songs dear to him

Jorhat, Feb. 8: We have heard Bhupen Hazarika's golden voice breathe life into songs. Now the fans who never have enough of the musician can listen to the beloved baritone speak of the composition and history of the songs as well.

A CD, titled Bhupendra Amrit, was released by the Jorhat chapter of the Bhupen Hazarika Foundation recently, containing 10 songs that he had sung as a child. In the CD, the musician himself has explained how and when the songs originated and about the ragas they are set to.

Ranjan Kumar Dutta, the general secretary of the foundation, said Hazarika had recorded the footnotes to the songs when he was at his friend Dilip Kumar Datta's residence at Rhode Island in the US when he had visited him between 1977 and 1983. Datta gave the recorded footnotes to the foundation.

"All the songs, most of them composed by others, were sung before 1940 when Bhupen Hazarika was a child. He was born in 1926 so these were sung before he was 16," Dutta said.

Included in the CD are songs like Mure jibonore xakha Krishna penned by Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Kuxumbar putra Sri Xankar gurue dhorisil naamore taan, his first composed song, which was sung by his sister Sudakshina Sharma, and Xakhi he ki kome dukhore kotha, composed by Lakshmi Nath Bezbaroa and the tune composed by Agarwalla.

"Hazarika explains how in Madhabdev's borgeet he uses the Raga Bhatiali, how Bishnu Rabha had composed and taught them how to sing Xurore dewalore at the opening of the doors of the Asam Sahitya Sabha session in 1936 when he was just 10 years old. He also explains how the song O moina ketia ahili toi, a borgeet composed by his father Nilakanta Hazarika, won him the first prize in an all-Assam competition organised by Sandhya Sanmilani. Later, the song was recorded by his sister Sudakshina at Calcutta's Chenola recording company by Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla and Bishnu Rabha because they thought his sister's voice was more suited to the song. This and other interesting nuggets of information are contained in Bhupendra Amrit," Dutta said. In the song Hari eikhon srajila kinu Santiniketan, he explains the scansion rules of the song.

The foundation will also send a proposal to the Sangeet Natak Akademi to formally recognise Bhupendra Sangeet as a genre, like Rabindrasangeet.

The term Bhupendra Sangeet was coined by a close friend and fan of the singer, Bibhu Charan Baruah, and promoted by the Bhupendra Sangeet Samiti formed on June 25, 1981.

The Jorhat chapter, formed in December last year, will also take up research activities into the singer whose humanitarian ideals were the basis of most of his songs.

Dutta said a private junior college, Crescent Academy, had allowed them to use a room and they would later construct a room for permanent use for their activities.

"In Dibrugarh University, there is a Bhupen Hazarika Performing Arts and Research Centre. But research on others is also conducted there. We are going to research Hazarika's work exclusively," Dutta said.

The foundation was set up by Hazarika's son Tez to keep his father's memory alive and carry on his humanistic appeal for generations.