Friday, January 30, 2009

Asom Ratna conferred on Dr Bhupen Hazarika

The Assam Tribune-30-01-2009
GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – The State Government today conferred the first Asom Ratna award on legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the award to Dr Hazarika in a glittering and well-attended function at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa here this evening. The award carries with it a memento, a plaque, a citation and a draft of Rs three lakh. Chief Minister also presented a gramophone to Dr Hazarika.

Accepting the award, Dr Hazarika said that it was a great honour for him, particularly because the laurel came to him while he is still alive. He also reminisced the accident he met with while rendering his immortal song “Bistirna Parore…” at a city function two years back. With the blessings of the people and the unstinted support from the State Government he could overcome the crisis even though the treatment is still on.

The second part of his speech was presented through a video projection, which started with ever inspiring “Akasi Ganga….” He said that though he was not in a position to fathom the contribution he made to the people, the love and affection rained on him by the people had kept him over obliged. He also remembered the contributions made by Sahityarathi Lakhminath Bezbaruah, Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnuprasad Rabha, in shaping his outlook and in bringing out the artiste in him.

The State should direct its march towards light and overcome the darkness that has been imposed on it by the acts of violence. For, violence is a major hurdle on the journey towards prosperity, he said switching over to immortal “Manuhe Manuhor babe….”

He then asserted that the dream he dreamt in 1948 in “Jilikabo Luitore Par…” has now come true enabling him in 2009 to sing “Jilikiche luitore Par….” . Now is the time for celebration, for, India, world have ushered into a new era of glory. The election of Barrack Hussain Obama as the President of USA has scripted the end of discrimination.

Dr Hazarika lauded the efforts of the State Government to present computers to each of those high school final examinees placed in first division as a progressive and described the award and love bestowed on him as “ashirbad”.

He concluded his video recorded speech with the immortal composition of Paul Robson – “we are in the same boat brother.”

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi described Dr Hazarika as the most deserving son of humanity and said that he deserves a ratna award on behalf of humanity. He also announced the plan of the State Government to institute an annual award in the name of Dr Hazarika.

Describing Dr Hazarika as a philanthropist, Gogoi said that the maestro has the quality of the great men like Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King junior, to whom Dr Hazarika himself referred to in his speech. The ideals espoused by Dr Hazarika should be the ideals of the people of the State. “We must broaden our hearts or else we would remain isolated” Gogoi said. Dr Hazarika inspires the people with his songs and deeds and the people of the State should draw inspiration from him to turn the State into a beautiful, progressive one. He made an appeal to the artiste community for the development of the society. The State Government is made proud by Dr Hazarika by accepting the award, said the Chief Minister.

The function was also addressed by Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah and Commissioner in charge of the Cultural Affairs Department Rabendra Kumar Das. A large number of people including prominent writers and artistes attended the fuction.
Assamiya Khabor - 30-01-2009

Asomiya Pratidin-30-01-2009

Dr Bhupen Hazarika: tathapito howa nai klanta

EDITORIAL - The Assam Trubune , 29-01-2009
— Prafullapran Mahanta
In the days of our youth, the major topic of our conversations was the songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. In our leisure moments when the numerous perplexities of our mind made us restless, his powerful songs were enough to give us pleasure, and we started singing Sagar Sangamat Katanu Saturiloo Tathapito Howa Nai klanta, a song of astonishing power, yet surpassingly beautiful. It brought everything close, the presence of the deep blue sea, the storms and the clouds, and the restless waves of the endless sea. We regarded Dr Hazarika as our friend, philosopher and guide. Even the blessing of the saint-singer, we felt, would prevent us from disaster of any kind. It was very uplifting to hear his name among our friends in those days of our youth. His sweet songs gave us boundless pleasure and led us towards the fountain of happiness.
I cannot remember what my age was when I first saw him at Tezpur town. I felt that there must be something good and great in the act of the musician, who had immense capacity to rouse and inspire the wretched people to overcome their pains and passions. Bhupenda gave vent to our feelings of joy and sorrow and his greatness lay there.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika sings for all, the great and small, the poor and rich. He knows the secret of music and song and as such he could make others know about it too. Bhupen Hazarika was born in 1926 at Sadiya. His father Nilakanth Hazarika was a government servant, serving as a political officer. Once he was transferred from Sadiya to Tezpur and there in that town his son Bhupen Hazarika began his school life. At that time Tezpur was the centre of culture with the presence of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the eminent cultural icons of Assam. There in that town, theatrical performances were organised regularly in the famous hall known as Ban Stage - Bhupenda’s father was interested in performing dramas and hence he played in some roles.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika was fortunate to meet these two sons of Assam, who brought a great change in the field of lyrical songs and music. Works of modernisation had been done without affecting the basic truth and culture of the state, which have been respected by the people from time immemorial. Under the care of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the thirteen year-old boy Bhupen Hazarika took position in a stage to sing once in Guwahati. His brave song surprised all as his lyrics promised change in society : Agni Yugar Firingathi Moi. (l am a spark of the fire age and I shall build a new state in our country”). It seemed that gradually he lost himself in deep pennants of art and culture, and in his creativity, Dr Hazarika made himself act in Jyotiprasad’s picture Indramalati, at the age of ten. He had to playback female voices in some pictures and dramas at his early age.
Man is the architect of his own fortune. Hazarika proved this in his life. When Hazarika was in Bharalumukh at Guwahati he got a chance to sing a song on the birth anniversary of Sri Sankardev. Here he appeared for the first time before the mass people as singer. He offered to sing a “Borgeet” in a national dress of dhoti and punjabi as was the custom of the Assamese people.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s song have a universal appeal as his expression touches the painful heart. So the people of many countries like his songs. We have acquired our freedom in 1947, but our minds are still in chains. Freedom means a free atmosphere where we can maintain our cultural traditions and enhance our natural resources and cultural wealth. India is known for her rich culture and tradition, but Indians today are enraptured by western culture. Ignoring our tradition and culture we are blindly following the western world. In this juncture, artistes like Bhupen Hazarika saved us from the pitfalls and reminded us that the food and water of this sacred land is so pure and holy that one who has fed on it can not easily go astray. It has brought us the capacity to realise our rich origin and strive to maintain our art and traditions.
The people of Assam have got a new cultural idea to try to bring about national unity and integrity. Hazarika’s glorious voice and his glorious music will provide us with a glorious future. It is delightful to remember some of his compositions and performances done for the people of all sections. Dr Hazarika expresses his views on the occasion of his seventy fifth birth anniversary at Guwahati towards the young generation of Assam to build our country. Our young men should be industrious, farsighted, to shoulder the responsibility with strong determination and diligence. He said, we must take part in the progressive affairs of India. We must learn to keep abreast of the present affairs of the present electronic world.
His lyrics encompass Bengali, Assamese and Hindi. The audience roars, the applause rising to a deafening pitch. Dr Bhupen Hazarika Dill Hoom Hoom Kare they demand from one end of the auditorium Dola-Dala from another. And Dr Hazarika, obliges his fans with his soul-stirring brand of folk music. Besides he is lovingly called by his admirers, has also been felicitated as India as a cultural ambassador who placed the music of eastern India on the map of world folk music.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s Assamese identity has never clashed with his Indian persona. His roots might cling firmly to Assam, but he learnt to identify with the rest of India. Being an Assamese, Dr Hazarika likes to project himself as a citizen of the world. This feeling has been clearly reflected in some of his songs, as for example, Mai Ati Jajabar. Dr Hazarika has succeeded in glorifying Assam with his songs and other cultural activities. He has projected the Assamese folk culture not only in India but throughout the World also.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the multifaceted genius has been hailed as the cultural ambassador of Assam to the rest of the world. He is one of the stalwarts of Indian music today. There are many facets to Bhupen Hazarika’s personality- singer, lyricist, musician, writer, film maker and social crusader through his songs. Bhupen Hazarika – the name itself is musical for the people of eastern India, whose Dil Hum Hum Kare won the heart of millions of people of India.
After his schooling in Tezpur and Collegiate Education in Guwahati he took MA Degree from Benaras Hindu University. He received a special word of praise when Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan handed him his certificate.
Then he left for the Columbia University, New York where he received his Doctorate in Mass Communication. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from the Chicago University It was during this period that he was awarded a Gold Medallion in New York as the best Interpreter of India’s folk songs by Eleanor Roosevelt.
He met Paul Robson, the legendry black singer in the USA and was greatly influenced by his idea that “Music is an instrument of social change.” On his return to his homeland, he joined the Gauhati University as a lecturer and went abroad in a cultural exchange programme where he overstayed by few days. The bold Bhupen tendered his resignation when some disciplinary action was initiated against him. He decided to take music as a livelihood and thereafter never looked back.
He made his first film Era Bator Sur in 1956 featuring Balraj Sahani and Bhupen himself. For three consecutive years he won the National Award for his films Sakuntala, Pratidhwani and Latighoti. In 1976, he won the Best Music Composer Award for Assamese film Chameli Memsab. His film Siraj, released in 1988 was based on story of Hindu-Muslim unity. He has also scores of music in Bengali and Hindi films.
He has been awarded the Padmashree (1977), Padmabhushan (2001), and Dadasaheb Phalke Award the highest honour for cinematic achievement, for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema in 1993.
Assamese society acknowledged his contribution in literature by making him the President of Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the State. Heavily decorated with prestigious honours as he is, Hazarika was appointed the Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. During his years as the Akademi Chairperson, the Satriya dance of Assam was recognised as one of the major dance forms of India.

Assam Ratna confered to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

The Assam Government confered the highest civilian award, the Asom Ratna Award, on music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for performing Arts in Guwahati. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presented the first-ever award to the maestro. The award consists of a citation and bank draft for Rs. 3 lakh. Several cultural programmes are being lined up for the grand evening. A group of 50 artistes - both veteran and budding from the state will pay a musical tribute to Dr Hazarika by rendering one of his immortal compositions at the function.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dr Hazarika to be conferred Asom Ratna today

GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The first-ever Asom Ratna Award will be conferred on the legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika at a function at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts scheduled for 5-30 pm tomorrow. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will present the award to the maestro. The award consists of a plaque, a citation and a cash amount of Rs 3 lakh.
A group of 50 senior and budding artistes will pay a musical tribute to Dr Hazarika by rendering one of his immortal compositions—“Tapta Tikhare Agni Shakti, Rakta Barane Jwale…” at the function.

Source : The Assam Tribune ,29-01-2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

News Live awards Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

Music maestro Bhupan Hazarika was on Wednesday(Jan 21) conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by NEWS LIVE for his contribution to the development of the Assamese music industry. The award was presented by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a glittering function organized at the Pragjyotika ITA Centre for Performing Arts in Machkhowa area of Guwahati on the occasion of the first anniversary celebrations of NEWS LIVE.

Source : NEWSLIVE TOP NEWS ,22-01-2009 22:30:00 IST

Lifetime Achievement Award

Asomiya Pratidin : 22Jan 2009

Nijoraparot Bhupen Hazarika

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika back home after long gap

Music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on Tuesday(Jan 20) said he was happy to be back in Assam after a long gap and that he has some surprises in the form of several upcoming musical projects for the people of the state.
Bhupen Hazarika told NEWS LIVE that he was happy that during his recent visit he would receive a number of awards, prominent among them being the Life Time Achievement Award to be conferred by NEWS LIVE and the Asom Ratna award annoucned by the Assam government. The musical legend arrived Tuesday from Mumbai to a rousing reception. One of India\'s oldest performing singers and the last known balaadeer Dr Bhupen Hazarika on Tuesday looked visibly tired on his arrival at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport, but the legend showed no signs of giving up on music saying he has some projects in the offing.
Dr Hazarika is in Assam after a long gap due to health reasons, but sounded visibly happy. He would conferred the Life Time Achievement Award by NEWS LIVE on Wednesday at the ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Guwahati\'s Machkhowa area and receive the Asom Ratna award the Assam government on January 29th. Dr Hazarika was received at the airport by members of the NEWS LIVE family and was presented with several traditional gift items.
Source: News Live TV

Monday, January 19, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Album from Bhupen Hazarika is coming

Bhupen Hazarika honored with Sangeet Ratna
MUMBAI: Dr. Bhupen Hazarika's contribution to music was recognized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Government of India and the Sangeet Natak Academy. The noted singer was awarded the fellowship and Sangeet Ratna on Monday 12 January, and was also acknowledged for creating his own gharana of Bhupendra Sangeet.
Previous recipients had received awards for existing gharanas and today by recognizing Dr Hazarika's work; it has put the musician in the league of Rabindranath Tagore, who has his own gharana, called Rabindra Sangeet.
Dr.Hazarika, who now lives in Mumbai said, "I have had failing health for the past four months. As I had difficulty in walking, I used to stay in bed. But now I am energized. I want to compose music and release a new album. It's been four years since I last released an album. But now I have lots to look forward to."
The musician has composed music for films and is Lata Mangeshkar's favourite composer. With this award and recognition, Dr.Hazarika who hails from a poor family in Assam has conquered yet another milestone. We salute the man for his contribution.
Story By: CHUMAN DAS ,

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Akademi Ratnas for Sitara Devi, Bhupen Hazarika

New Delhi: Four eminent personalities from the field of performing arts, including danseuse Sitara Devi and music composer Bhupen Hazarika, have been declared by the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama as ‘Akademi Ratnas.’
The Sangeet Natak Akademi also elected pioneer of Bengali theatre stage designing Khaled Choudhry and musician and musicologist R.C. Mehta as Akademi fellows, an honour restricted to 30 living personalities at any given point of time.
Octogenarian Devi, a noted Kathak dancer, is also well versed in Bharatanatyam and many folk dances. R.C. Mehta, 91, a well-known vocalist of the Kirana Gharana style, has developed his own style of Khyal and Thumri art forms. Hazarika, 83, a pioneer of the Assamese film industry, is also a well-known poet, music composer, singer and author.
The Akademi also selected 34 practitioners of music, dance and theatre for the Akademi Awards for 2008. Among the awardees are Ulhas Kashalkar and B. Sasi Kumar for music, Shashi Sankhla and Saroja Vaidyanathan for dance, Markand Bhatt and Arundhati Nag for theatre.
The Akademi Ratna and Akademi Puraskar, being conferred since 1952, symbolise the highest standard of excellence in a performing art at the national level. — PTI

Monday, January 12, 2009


Amendment Songs Lyrics : Jilikabo Luitote Par…
Source : Natun Raginee, September Issue -2005

Song written & composed by Dr.Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of Centenary celebration of Cotton College in 2001

Song written by : Dr.Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of Centenary celebration of Cotton College in 2001. It was first sung on 27th may'2001 in Judges field by 100 Cottonians.The first stanza was recited for the very first time by Indrajit das. Dr.Hazarika was present in that program. Later on it was recorded in Studio Sabdarupa. Artists-- Rupam Bhuyan,Basab Goswami, Manabjyoti Kalita,Pranab Bhuyan, Mimi Bhattacharya, Bhaswati Deka, Pubali Choudhury,Prarthana Choudhury n Recitation by Dr.Bhupen Hazarika

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Akademi Ratna award to Bhupen Hazarika

Legendary singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika has been conferred the Akademi Ratna award for the year 2008 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi this year.

Akademi source informed over phone from New Delhi that the selection committee had decided to award the octagenarian singer for his contribution to Indian music.

Dr Hazarika, now maintaining a semi-retired life at Mumbai, had already been conferred with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award.

A multifaceted genius, Dr Hazarika is a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and film-maker of the very highest repute. Dr Hazarika was born in 1926, in Sadiya, Assam. An academically prolific person, he did his Inter (Arts) in Guwahati in 1942, and went to Banaras Hindu University to complete his graduation in 1944 and post graduation in Political Science in 1946.

Soon after, he left for New York, US, where he lived for five years and received his doctorate (PhD) in Mass Communication from Columbia University.

He also received the Lisle Fellowship from Chicago University, US to study the use of educational project development through cinema.

Bhupen Hazarika is ranked amongst the leading film makers of the nation.
He 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 has been the only person in the past 40 years to propagate the better cinema movement and has integrated all the seven north-eastern states, including tribal culture, through the medium of cinema. Dr Hazarika is the only living pioneer of Assam's film industry in the Northeast, and has been therefore hailed as the uncrowned king of North-Eastern India's cultural world. His remarkable popularity brought him to the legislative Assembly as an Independent member between 1967 to 1972, where he was responsible for installing the first state owned film studio of its kind ever, in India in Guwahati, Assam.
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