Monday, July 7, 2008

My last visit to Bhupenda’s live programme

The entry ticket :
Related news :
Bhupen Hazarika enthrals Delhi audience

Hundreds of people hummed and swayed as Assam's cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika took them on a mesmerizing musical journey with a rare show in the capital.

A near-capacity audience at the Siri Fort auditorium watched the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner, clad in a black suit and his trademark black Nepali cap, perform for over two hours Sunday evening for the multilingual "Legend's Nite: Brahmaputra to Mississippi".

Beginning with a `borgeet' (a devotional song composed by the 15th century scholar of Assam Srimanta Sankaradeva), he went on to sing his famous numbers "Mur Gaan Hauk", "Moi Eti Jajabor", "Dola" and "Akakhiganga" in Assamese.

He ended the show with his famous song of international appeal by Paul Robeson: "We are on the same boat brother..."

Hazarika, who has a genius for weaving a magical tapestry out of traditional Assamese music and lyrics, then rendered the soulful number from Kalpana Lajmi's film "Rudali" - "Dil Hoom Hoom Kare", besides "Ganga", "Maiya Bhul Bujis Na" and "Manuse Manuser Joinye" in Bengali. He even sang a few lines of his "Manuhe Manuhor Babe" in Nagamese.

He was accompanied by Kamal Kataki on the guitar, Rupam Talukdar on the keyboards, Parameshwar Basumatary on the flute, Dhanjit Sharma on the mandolin and Paban Bordoloi on the tabla.

Hazarika is regarded as one of the greatest living cultural communicators of South Asia.
People from Assam residing in the Indian capital were excited to learn that their own Bhupenda, as he is popularly known, was performing.

"I reached here this afternoon from Manali and I didn't want to miss the show in any case," said Ritupan Gogoi, a businessman from Assam.
Amlan Borgohain, a corporate executive here, said: "I just came to see Bhupenda, who is performing solo in the capital after a long time."

Hazarika is regarded as perhaps the only living balladeer in the country, composing his own lyrics and music. He has been a poet, journalist, singer, lyricist, musician, filmmaker, writer and politician.

His story "The Postman and the Prostitute" is the basis of Lajmi's under-production film "Chingari" starring Sushmita Sen and Mithun Chakraborty.

The programme was organized by the Assam Association, Delhi, to raise funds for completion of its dream project - a cultural and educational centre here named Srimanta Sankardeva Bhawan.
Started in 2000 with an estimated cost of Rs.15 million, the Bhavan, when completed, will be the only centre outside Assam for the practice and promotion of the state's culture and related academic activities.

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