Tuesday, September 30, 2008

For old times’ sake

After Lata Mangeshkar sent a message to ailing colleague Bhupen Hazarika, they met at the former’s residence on September 13
The 82-year-old Assamese veteran composer Bhupen Hazarika whose health has been rapidly declining had an unexpected surprise on his birthday on September 8. He received a message from Lata Mangeshkar saying she wanted to meet him. Not too many people get such an invitation from the Nightingale.
Confirming the news, Bhupen Hazarika’s protégée and companion, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi said, “Dada (Bhupen Hazarika) and Lata didi go back a long long way. She has sung for him in Assamese Bengali and Hindi. Dada simply adores her. When he got the message from didi, it was like a signal from Heaven. They met after decades.”
Bhupen and Kalpana met Lata Mangeshkar at her residence at Prabhu Kunj on September 13.

Kalpana said, “The meeting was so emotional and genuine that I broke down. Didi was so concerned about Dada’s deteriorating health. She offered to help him at her hospital in Pune. She also said, ‘Dada, the film industry is falling apart. People like you and I are becoming legacies of the past.’ It was a meeting that Dada, who has always had a very soft corner for didi, will carry with him forever. On the way back from the meeting he told me, ‘I’m so blessed to have shared a friendship with someone as unique as Lata Mangeshkar.”

Celebrations for Lataji’s 79th birthday came to a standstill on Sunday when singer Mahendra Kapoor passed away a day before.
A close friend of Lataji said, “It’s not easy for her to see all those she has worked with pass away. This is why she decided to meet Bhupen Hazarika.”
( Source : Subhash K Jha , Mubai Mirror , Sep 30 ,2008)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Profile : Bhupen- A legend in his lifetime

by Harihar Swarup
Ballad singer Bhupen Hazarika does not need an award to establish his credentials, having achieved so much in his 83-year-long life. So, when the Assam government announced Asom Ratna Award to him, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had done more honour to him than the recipient. The only significance of Asom Ratna is that it was instituted on August 15 this year, and the first to be honoured is Hazarika, winner of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Hazarika has established Assam’s colourful culture and heritage through his creative works of musical compositions and performance worldwide.

Born in upper Assam’s Sadiya in 1926, Bhupen began his career as a child actor in the second talkie film Indr. He represented India in Berlin at the World Conference of Composers in 1939. He wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10 using compositions as an instrument of social change. A former chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, he was given the honour of inaugurating the World Seminar in Congress Hall with his songs on the liberation of Bangladesh.

Bhupen has become a legend in his lifetime but left his innumerable admirers bewildered when he decided to join the BJP on the eve of the last general election. Bhupen had always desisted bondage of a political party even though he was an unattached member of the Assam Assembly from 1967 to 1972. Having come to be known as India’s cultural icon in south Asia, he himself admits that he had never joined a political party before for obvious reasons. What has inspired him to join the BJP when he was 78? He said he was impressed by the Vajpayee government’s performance.

As a matter of fact, Bhupen is not cut out for the weird world of politics. This was, perhaps, the reason that, instead of facing a barrage of questions at the BJP’s headquarters as others entrants do, he was asked to render a song. And he obliged the reporters as the jam-packed briefing hall was filled with melody of his famous song, O Ganga, tum bhati ho kyun.

The song was inspired by the great black American singer Paul Robeson’s powerful rendition of the song Ole (old) man River. Bhupen created his own moving ode to the Brahmaputra. During his days as research scholar in audio-visual and mass communication in the Columbia University, Bhupen and Robeson became close friends. The black singer’s crusade for social justice and black pride permeated Bhupen’s own worldview.

Rarely, so many qualities combine in one person as in Bhupen: he is bard and balladeer, poet and politician, singer, lyricist, musician and filmmaker. But above all these he is a communicator of romance, passion, universalism and humanism. He is as lovable in Bangladesh as in Assam. His song on Bangladesh’s liberation Joy, Joy Naba Jata Bangladesh (hail the newborn Bangladesh) was on every Bengali’s lips in early seventies. Bhupen is not only prolific in Assamese and Bengali but his rich voice is also at ease with Hindi, Urdu and English.

He is an icon in Nepal too and his links to Nepalese is traced to Tejpur — his birth place — having a sizeable population of the people of Nepalese origin. When his father died, Bhupen was given a black Nepalese cap to wear to hide his tonsured head. He began wearing the cap since then and a khukri pin that adorns his cap which was gifted by his friends and admirers in Nepal.

Bhupen often recounts his experience in the Assam Assembly full of anecdotes. He once prompted a fellow MLA to interrupt stalwart Dalal Baruah, who was the leader of the opposition, by raising a point of order. The MLA, a simpleton, interrupted Baruah and began yelling point of order…point of order. When the Speaker asked on what ground, the MLA did not know what to say and fumbled. Bhupen whispered to him, “Say, bad grammar”. The MLA followed the advise in letter and spirit; the whole house burst into laughter and Baruah visibly embarrassed.
Source : The Tribune , 21 Sep 2008

Few sketch from my school drawing book

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Source : Asomiya Pratidin 13 June 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Top ten favorite songs – by Manjula Hazarika

Source : Sunday Magazine, Amar Asom , 7th Sep 2008DSC03180


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Birthday Picture

Source : Asomiya Pratidin ,9th Sep ,2008

Bhupendar xoru xoru kothare

By Dorin Hazarika
Source: Asomiya Khobor , 9th Sep-2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Happy Birthday

Birthday News - Asomiya Pratidin -Sep-08-2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Birthday Gift - Asom Ratna for Bhupen Hazarika

Guwahati (PTI): Singing legend Bhupen Hazarika, who celebrated his 83rd birthday on Monday, was conferred the Asom Ratna award for his contribution to literature and culture.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award winning balladeer, who celebrated his birthday in Mumbai quietly, was given the award as he contributed immensely in the fields of literature and culture, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. The award contains a citation and cash of Rs. 20 lakhs.
Source: The Hindu( http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/009200809082149.htm )

Happy Birthday to our beloved Bhupen Hazarika

Aji ( 8th Sep) Bhupendar janmadin.
Our beloved Bhupenda ,wish you a very happy birthday and a long healthy life .
Yesterday Assamese daily ''Asomia Pratidin'' published a special page on the occasion of Bhupenda's Birthday . Given below the articles. Enjooooy !!