Monday, September 17, 2007

Ranga's Toon Tales

Source : The Tribune India , 25 August 2002

BHUPEN HAZARIKA is the multi-faceted genius from Assam, winner of many an award, including the 1992 Dadasaheb Phalke Award for outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, particularly through his folk songs.
A distinguished poet, singer, music composer, teacher, journalist and author, Bhupen Hazarika began his film career in 1939, when he appeared as a child artiste. He was in Delhi in 1993 to receive the prestigious National Award from the President and it was during this visit that I managed to meet him and prepare his sketch. A personality to reckon with, meeting Bhupen Hazarika was no problem. In fact, it was a delight to see him in his cap. A sketch of his was got ready as he was meeting mediapersons and answering their questions. He was extremely happy to see his picture and he promptly affixed his signature over it.

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