Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Book on Bhupen Hazarika released

GUWAHATI, Dec 20 – Dr Nagen Saikia, former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha released a book on the living legend of Assam Bhupen Hazarika, on Friday at North East Book Fair.

The book titled Bhupenda, edited by writer, broadcaster Namrata Datta and published by Jyoti Prakashan includes critical analyses, short stories, poems, songs, memoirs etc. The writers’ list includes the late Taffazul Ali, Mumbai based music director Shantanu Moitra, Tabla maestro Abhijit Chatterjee, Sarod artist Tarun Kalita, poet Nilim Kumar, Bipul Jyoti Saikia and management guru Dr G K Sarma.

Wife files divorce for liking Bhupen Hazarika songs

GUWAHATI, Dec 19 – Even Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s songs could be cited as one of the reasons for a wife seeking legal protection under Sec 498(A) of the IPC and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act! May sound bizarre but this has happened in Assam’s Karimganj district where a wife had likened her husband’s liking for the maestro’s songs to causing ‘mental torture’ on her, and cited it as among the reasons why she wanted legal protection from the court.

Though the court eventually turned down the flimsy plea of the appellant, the family was already broken. .....
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jajabar - Bhupen Hazarika

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Source : Anandalok , Issue: 27 Nov 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Book on Bhupen Hazarika

Bandita Bhupenda Nindita Bhupen Hazarika

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika gets Lata Mangeshkar Award

Source : The Times of India , 19th Feb 2001

INDORE: Noted lyricist and singer Bhupen Hazarika has been conferred with
the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious 17th national Lata Mangeshkar

The award was presented to the 75-year-old Assamese singer by minister for
public relations, health and family welfare Subhash Kumar Sojatia at a
glittering function here Sunday night.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.

Famous playback singer Nitin Mukesh, noted film director Kalpana Lajmi and
chairman of the award committee and the editor of the Hindi daily Nai Dunia,
Abhay Chhajlani were present on the occasion.

Accepting the award, Hazarika said, "Lata who was born three years after me
is the pride of the world and she should be honoured with an award of world
stature, highest award in the world".

Hazarika later enthralled the audience with his famous song "Dil hoom hoom
kare..." from "Rudali" and a "Bihu" song. (PTI)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Audio Cassette cover ''Bhupen Mamar O, Aa, Ko, Kho''

Jayanta Hazarika

Bhupenda remembers Jayanta Hazarika on his 34th Death anniversary

Source : Assamiya Khabor , 15 Oct 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Balladeer


EVERY TIME he leaves for Mumbai, his friends in Guwahati ask Bhupen Hazarika won’t he miss the Brahmaputra? And he answers: “The sea will charge me up”. When he had a bypass surgery in Mumbai, Hazarika requested his friends to book a room from where he can see the Arabian Sea. “I cannot stay without the river. The water, its vast expanse and its ability to help millions in their daily livelihood have always energised me. It has always kept me young at heart.”

“Even outside Assam, I am in a beautiful world and touching the hearts of people whose words I will use as lyrics,” says one of India’s oldest performing singers who has composed soulful music for films like Saaz, Rudaali and Gaja Gamini.

For many years, the legendary Hazarika travelled in country-made boats on the Brahmaputra and composed music and wrote lyrics even as he chatted with boatmen and those living along the banks of the river. “I grew up with their dreams,” says the Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner who recently celebrated his 84th birthday with a traditional Assamese lunch with cancer patients at the Assam Bhawan in Mumbai.

Hazarika wrote his first song when he was ten. He will not retire. He says he can only die. “Manna (Dey) is still singing.” As long as people listen to him, India’s Paul Robeson will continue to sing: Manush manusher jonney (People are for people).

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Download Mosaic Poster of Bhupen Hazarika

Today I have created this mosaic poster of Bhupen Hazarika ,this 20 inch x 22 inch portrait poster contains 11,525 small(60pix x 60pix) photograph of Bhupen Hazarika .
Given below a preview of the poster with zoomify of a small block of the same
Shown above is actual size of a small block of the poster

Size : 39.1mb
Width : 20.4 inch , Height : 22.6 in
Number of total cells : 11526 ( actualy its around 600 pic, repeated to make it 11526)Resolution : 300 pix/inch

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Friday, September 18, 2009

84 years young, Bhupen Hazarika raring to go

Guwahati, Sep 8 (IANS) Bhupen Hazarika, one of India’s oldest performing singers, says he feels younger by the day even as he turns 84 Tuesday with the whole of Assam in celebration mode as a mark of respect to the legendary musician.

“I always think I am young,” Hazarika said as he prepared to celebrate his birthday with a traditional Assamese lunch with cancer patients at the Assam Bhawan in Mumbai.

Just last month, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner underwent a bypass surgery in Mumbai and it will be his first public appearance Tuesday at the Assam Bhawan as part of his birthday celebrations.

“I don’t feel like retiring as music has no retirement age. Throughout my life I have been trying to interpret Assam and India to the outside world through my songs,” Hazarika told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Singer, lyricist and filmmaker, Hazarika’s passion for music is unrelenting.

“I am travelling in a beautiful world and reaching the hearts of the people through their own words which I use as lyrics for my songs,” said Hazarika, who has composed soulful music for films like “Rudaali”, “Saaz” and “Gajagamini”.

One of India’s best-known balladeers, Hazarika still has a couple of projects in hand - he is to score the music for two movies by well-known filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

Back home in Assam, Bhupen Hazarika fans and organisations are celebrating his birthday in various places with daylong programmes - from singing competitions to cultural evenings.
“He is a singer people will remember for ages,” said Tapan Gogoi, general secretary of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).

AASU is celebrating Hazarika’s birthday in Guwahati by organising a cultural evening.
Hazarika considers it important that a singer has humanistic ideals - and these should be reflected in his songs.

“When I go to Japan, students of music want me to sing ‘Manuhe Manuhar Babe’. When I reach California people say you are our Paul (Robeson), please sing ‘We are in the same boat brothers’,” Hazarika had told IANS in an interview last year.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

83rd Birthday Photo of Bhupen Hazarika

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Bhupen Hazarika's 83rd Birthday photo

Dr Hazarika’s birthday celebrated

The Assam Tribune , 9th Sep 2009
GUWAHATI, Sept 8 – The birthday of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika was celebrated in Assam and Mumbai today with much enthusiasm. The birthday of Dr Hazarika was celebrated in Mumbai with a day long programme in the Assam Bhawan and the presence of the legendary musician added colour to the programme.

The Deputy Resident Commissioner of the Assam Bhawan, Mumbai, Debashis Sarma said that Dr Hazarika, accompanied by filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi arrived in the Bhawan at around 1 pm today. He was given a rousing reception by 35 cancer patients undergoing treatment in Mumbai, their relatives and the staff of the Bhawan. Dr Hazarika spent some time with the patients with words of encouragement.

Dr Pradeep Kaul and his team of doctors, who recently performed the bypass surgery on Dr Hazarika to give him a new lease of life, were also felicitated on the occasion.

In the city, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organized a programme called ‘Uddipana’ (encouragement) to celebrate the occasion on the southern bank of the Dihalipukhuri this evening.

The best singers of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and Assam Agricultural University, the best singers of the Gauhati University Youth Festivals and the best signers of one college from each of the 23 districts of the State took part in the cultural function held on the occasion.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birthday Article by Nripen Hazarika

Source : Assamiya Khabor , 8th Sep , 2009

Happy Birthday Bhupenda

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Birthday Wishes from Lata Mangeshkar

Source : Ajir Dainik Batori , 8th Sep 2009

Dr Hazarika’s birthday today

The Assam Tribune , 8th Sep 2009

GUWAHATI, Sept 7 – The All Assam Students Union will organise a programme called Uddipana to mark the birthday of cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika tomorrow in the city. A press release stated that the function to be held close to the statue of Dr Hazarika beside the Dighali Pukhuri would feature a video conference with the noted musician currently in Mumbai. A host of talents from across the State will perform songs during the programme that is scheduled to start at 5 pm.
AASU president Sankar Prasad Ray and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi have invited the public to attend the function.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Evergreen Bhupen Hazarika turns 83

Source : The Hindustan Times , 7th Sep 3009

Multi-faceted genius and ‘The Golden Voice of Assam’ - Dr Bhupen Hazarika, turns 83 today. Bhupenda, as he is lovingly called by millions, is recognised by many as one of the greatest cultural figures that Assam has produced, next only to Sri Sri Sankaradeva, the Vaishnavite preacher of the 15th century, and Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, the early 20th-century singer-composer.

Ranked amongst the leading filmmakers of the nation, Bhupenda is probably the only living pioneer who is solely responsible for placing the fledging Assamese cinema on the all India and on the world cinema map. He is a good poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker of the very highest repute. ....................Read the complete story

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bhupenda to celebrate birthday with cancer patients in Mumbai

The Assam Tribune , 6th Sep 2009

GUWAHATI, Sept 5 – The Assam Bhawan in Mumbai and Assamese community there will celebrate the birthday of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on September 8. Dr Pradeep Kaul and his team of doctors, who performed the by-pass surgery on Dr Hazarika recently, would also be felicitated.
Asomiya Pratidin , 6th Sep 2009

Birthday article by Krishna Das Nath

Source : Sadin , 4th Sep 009
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fit’ Bhupen back home- Singer leaves hospital 10 days after bypass surgery

Source : The Telegraph , August 19, 2009
Mumbai/Guwahati, Aug. 18: Bhupen Hazarika was released from Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital today, 10 days after he underwent a bypass surgery following a sudden bout of breathlessness.

“He is hale and hearty. After his release from the hospital at 4pm we took him back home to our Lokhandwala apartment in Mumbai,” said Hazarika’s companion, film director Kalpana Lajmi.

The balladeer’s biographer and aide, Surjya Hazarika, said in Guwahati tonight that “Bhupenda wished to go home today itself after doctors attending to him declared him fit for release”.

The singer called his sister-in-law and late Jayanta Hazarika’s wife, Manisha, in Guwahati immediately after his release.

“He told her he was doing well. He said though he was initially feeling weak after the surgery, the hospital took good care of him. He said he even liked the hospital food,” said an aide of the singer.
A visit from Tina Ambani (the hospital has been named after her parents-in-law) and a call from his ex-wife Priyam kept Hazarika occupied over the last weekend as doctors closely monitored his health.

Hazarika had been a little emotional since he received the call from Priyam a couple of days back. “She called from Canada where she stays with their son Tej,” the source said.

Tina Ambani’s visit on Friday moved the maestro. “Bhupenda was overwhelmed by the attention. He told her that he loved the hospital and would talk to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi about setting up a similar facility back home,” the source said.

Nurses who attended on Hazarika in room number 1319 said he thanked them profusely before leaving. “He was always listening to music. That helped him recover a great deal. He is a very strong person,” a nurse said.

Break ke baad

By Chhaya Toshniwal / , Aug 18 ,2009
Mumbai: Not too long ago, 82-year-old music maestro Bhupen Hazarika wasn't keeping too well. Now he's recuperating from his illness.

Live-in partner and film-maker Kalpana Lajmi says, "He's undergoing physiotherapy exercises and after a hiatus of three years, he wants to get back to his creative interest. He wants to lend his voice for my projects and he is ready to do that now. Bhupenji is going to give music for two of my in Hindi and the other is in Bengali."

Talking about Bengali cinema, Kalpana says, "My uncle Guru Dutt was in West Bengal. I've stayed there for 17 years of my life. My mother's family also belongs to Kolkata. Everyone is prodding me to make a Bengali movie. The script for the Bengali movie is yet to be finalised but the producers are very nice."

The talk deviates from this to the chances of a film being made on Bhupen Hazarika. Kalpana says, "I'm very keen that film-maker Gautam Ghose makes a biopic on Bhupenji. Somewhat like the one Shyam Benegal made on Satyajit Ray. But we have to have our funds in place before that.

Gautam is also very keen on this because he knows Bhupenda, his culture, his family, Bhupendra sangeet etc. Gautam himself is highly musical." But being a film-maker herself, why isn't Kalpana making this biopic? She reasons, "I am too close to him to have an objective take on his life."

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bhupenda , Apuni Gaan Gaboi Lagibo

Source : Sadin , 28th August 2009
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Post Operation Update : 14 Aug 2009

Source : Ajir Dainik Batori , 15 Aug 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Post operation update : Bhupen Hazarika may be out of ICU

Guwahati, Aug. 7: Doctors will consider shifting Bhupen Hazarika out of ICU tomorrow, especially after the singer gingerly took a few steps today at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai where he underwent a bypass surgery on Tuesday.

The 83-year-old maestro was assisted out of his bed after which he walked “two rounds” within the ICU with help from doctors.

Surjya Hazarika, a close aide of the singer-composer, said this evening that “Bhupenda was feeling less pain today and the doctors are likely to shift him out of ICU tomorrow. But a final decision will be taken in the morning tomorrow”.

The singer, however, will be kept in hospital for at least a week before he can be declared fit to return home.

Post operation update : Doctors happy with Bhupen

Source : The Telegraph , 7th Aug ,2009
Guwahati, Aug. 6: Bhupen Hazarika was taken on a round of the ICU in a wheelchair this afternoon as he showed “marked” signs of improvement, two days after he underwent a bypass surgery in Mumbai.

Surya Hazarika,the biographer of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award recipient, told this correspondent over phone that the singer-composer “looked improved” and “is in very high spirits”.
Hazarika, 83, was operated upon by a team of surgeons at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The singer was taken off the ventilator yesterday morning and doctors attending on him described his condition as stable, Surjya Hazarika said, quoting the doctors.

“He is improving quite well. He was given a liquid diet in the morning and taken on a round of the ICU on a wheelchair around 2.30 in the afternoon,” he added.

The singer expressed his desire to listen to some of his own songs last evening.
“I played a few of his songs on my mobile phone. Bhupenda even sang along, humming the tunes and uttering a few words in between. It was a great sight,” Surjya Hazarika said.

Others who are keeping him company include the singer’s long time partner Kalpana Lajmi and Kamal Kotoky, his inseparable guitarist for all his stage shows .

“Bhupenda said that he felt like being able to sing better than he had in the last few years after coming out of hospital,” Surjya Hazarika said. He quoted doctors as saying that the singer would be kept in the ICU for “at least two more days” and was likely to be kept in the hospital for a week. “Since Bhupenda has said that he still feels a slight pain in the area where the incision was made, the doctors are monitoring him regularly. However, they said this was normal and there was nothing to worry about,” Surjya Hazarika said.

Bhupen Hazarika performed at a Bihu function this year at Rangia, his first since suffering a mild stroke a few years ago while performing at a Bihu function in Guwahati.

The surgery on Bhupen Hazarika — the most famous and popular modern-day personality in Assam — has generated statewide concern and people have offered prayers for his speedy recovery.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Relief after Bhupenda’s surgery- Anxious wait for singer’s wellbeing ends in smiles among followers

Source: The Telegraph, 6th Aug 2009 ,
Guest column -by Surya Hazarika

What a relief! When I went and saw Bhupenda this morning, he appeared quite rested. He spoke, albeit briefly, and complained of some pain, but otherwise he was the same old Bhupenda.

The maestro was taken off the ventilator around 7.15 this morning and the various tubes were also disconnected. He had a simple breakfast too. The pain may be there for a while because he has been given only some light painkillers. But there is no reason to worry as the critical phase has passed. Doctors say he should be okay in the next 12 hours and can be shifted to a room from the ICU where he is required to remain till then for observation.

Those were just a few hours, but for the three of us — (his companion) Kalpana Lajmi, (his friend) Kamal Katoky and myself — it seemed like ages as we waited anxiously while the doctors performed the bypass surgery yesterday.

The entire operation lasted for about five hours, which the doctors said was normal in his case, given that he already had a surgery in the past when the pacemaker was implanted. Finally, the doctor emerged and said everything had gone off well.

There were people dropping by, making enquiries; there were calls coming from Assam. The callers were anxious, perhaps even more so, as they were far removed from Mumbai and wanted to know every minute how their Bhupenda was doing.

Those were moments which once again brought home a fact that has been known for so long: People just love Bhupen Hazarika.

While the anxiety all around was understandable, Bhupenda himself was confidence personified the day before. He told me he would go on and try and complete the various unfinished tasks at hand with the blessings and good wishes of the people. He is already set to work in two films, one Hindi and one Bengali, both by Lajmi.

Come to think of it, he was actually in quite a jolly mood, seemingly unaffected by the thought that he would be undergoing a major surgery the very next morning. His thoughts were rather on other things. He was still thinking of the people back home. He was highly appreciative of the hospital and told me that when chief minister Tarun Gogoi comes to meet him, he would request him to set up such a hospital in Assam for the people in our state.

I have been with Bhupenda for long, but his strong will and determination never cease to amaze me. He has already pulled through and I am certain that he will not only go on and complete whatever he has left incomplete, but also embark on newer journeys.
The writer is Bhupen Hazarika’s biographer

Post operation update : Kene Ase amar Bhupenda



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika successfully operated upon

News Source : The Assam Tribune , 5th Aug 2009 ,Partha Pratim Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Aug 4 – Music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika underwent a successful by-pass heart surgery at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai at 2.30 pm today. A team of super specialist doctors led by acclaimed heart surgeon Dr Pradip Kaul, performed the surgery, that took several hours, on the octogenarian musical genius.

Talking over phone from Mumbai, Kamal Kataki, a long time aide of the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee, who was present at the hospital during the hours of the operation, said that the doctors have expressed satisfaction over the surgery and that Dr Hazarika is currently doing fine.
The post-operative medical formalities are going on, Kataki said, adding that he will stay in the intensive care unit of the Reliance Group hospital at least for the next 48 hours. He also said that at present there is no cause of worry over the music maestro’s health.

Filmmaker and Dr Hazarika’s close aide Kalpana Lajmi and well-known publisher of Assam, Surjya Hazarika, among others, are beside Dr Hazarika at the Mumbai hospital, Kataki said.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nirod Choudhury-r Kolomot Bhupen Hazarika

Source : Chitra Sangbad , 26 April 1991

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dr Hazarika fit, takes up new assignment

Source : The Assam Tribune , 26th July 2009, By Partha pratim hazarika
GUWAHATI, July 25 – Music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika is hale and hearty and there is no need to worry about his health right now. In fact, the national award- winning musician has already signed two films as music director, which is perhaps a record for any music director at the age of 83 years.

Talking over phone from Mumbai, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi informed that there is no need to worry about Dr Hazarika’s health. Two films, one in Hindi and another in Bengali to be directed by Lajmi herself, will have music scores by the octogenarian musical genius. Though Lajmi did not wish to divulge any details on the upcoming films, she revealed that Dr Hazarika has already signed contracts as music director of both the films.

Allaying apprehension about his health in view of a section of the media here reporting about the by-pass heart surgery the Dada Saheb Phalke Awardeee is scheduled to undergo on August 4 next, Kamal Kotoky, a close associate of Dr Hazarika said that the surgery would be carried out by a team of super specialist doctors at the Kokilaben Ambani Heart Institute, an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group hospital in Mumbai. Dr Hazarika who recently returned from New Delhi after receiving the highly-prestigious Sangeet Ratna award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, complained of breathing problem on July 16 last.

Doctors looking after the cultural icon of Assam diagnosed a minor blockage in an artery after an angiography test. As the team of doctors at the reputed hospital decided against angioplasty in view of the age of the music maestro, a by-pass surgery has been prescribed. The team of doctors who will perform the operation on August 4 includes experts from UK and India.

Tathapito Howa Nai Klanta

Source : Ajir Dainik Batori, 27 July 2009p1b_02


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

President of India, Smt.Pratibha Devisingh Patil confers Akademi Ratna Award to Bhupen Hazarika

Noted Assamese film maker, writer, actor, singer and musician, Bhupendra Hazarika was today (July 14) elected as Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi along with eminent Kathak exponent Sitara Devi.

In a function held at Vigyan Bhavan to honour winners of Sangeet Natak Akademi awards for the year 2008, veteran theatre art director and painter, Khaled Choudhury (who could not attend due to ill health) and musicologist R C Mehta, were also inducted as Fellows of the Akademi.

All the four personalities were honoured on the occasion by President Pratiba Patil with a shawl, tamrapatra and a citation of Rs one lakh. Theatre personalities Arundhati Nag, Markand Bhatt (both for acting), Mudra Rakshasa (Hindi playwright), Probir Guha (direction) were also among the 33 winners of the prestigious annual award.

A multi-faceted scholar in the fields of music, dance, philosophy, education and anthropology, R Sathyanarayana, was given the scholarship in performing arts. The winners of the Sangeet Natak Akademi awards were given a shawl, tamprapatra, and a citation along with Rs 50,000 cheque.
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Video- Akademi Ratna award to Bhupen Hazarika

Friday, July 10, 2009

Songs of Bhupen Hazarika on my iPhone

Today finaly I got my iPhone!!!! .....a birthday gift , it's really a nice and cool gadget and worth the money ...... First thing i did was upload all my fav games & songs .....all the songs of Bhupen Hazarika of my collection is the list from my iTunes ...975 songs , total 2.8 Days of continuous play , 6.06 GB ... now i have Bhupenda with me 24x7 !!!
My iPhone song list of Bhupenda