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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika calls on Mahanta

Guwahati, In a surprising gesture, music maestro Bhupen Hazarika called on former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta at the latter’s official residence here last night.
Along with Dr Hazarika, Ms Kalpana Lajmi and Mrs Manisha Hazarika had also gone to Mr Mahanta’s house.
Although dubbed as a ”private” visit, the move was construed to be significant politically as Mr Mahanta is in political hibernation since he has returned to the main AGP fold.
A former MLA in the seventies, Dr Hazarika contested last Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate in Guwahati but lost to Congress candidate Kirip Chaliha.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Legend recalls Cotton days

The Telegraph , 21Feb 2009

Feb. 20: Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika, during a visit to his alma mater Cotton College today, reminisced of his days at the institution, remembering old classmates and faculty besides recalling the pranks they played nearly six decades ago.

“Returning to my alma mater is a matter of pride and privilege for me. I have many happy memories associated with the college, including the adda with friends and also a little bit of eve-teasing,” the maestro said candidly in a lighter vein as the audience erupted in laughter.

Hazarika was at the college to unveil a bronze bust of Assam’s cultural icon Bishnu Prasad Rabha in front of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha auditorium on the college campus.

The function, organised by the Bishnu Prasad Rabha Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, was like a nostalgic homecoming for the 83-year-old Dadasaheb Phalke and Asom Ratna awardee.

“Today is a memorable day for us as the bust of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha was unveiled at our college campus and that, too, by an alumnus of the college, who has not only made Assam but the entire nation proud,” college principal Indra Kumar Bhattacharyya said.

Hazarika graduated from Cotton College in the 1940s. The last time he visited the college was during the premier educational institution’s yearlong centenary celebration in 2001-02.

Hazarika also recalled his “close association” with Bishnu Prasad Rabha and how he benefited from it, helping him to become a musician and composer. He also sang a few lines of the song, Surare Deulore, Rupore Ki Kali, amid loud applause from the audience. The original version was sung by Hazarika himself and the lyrics were penned by the legendary Bishnu Prasad Rabha.

“Bishnu Rabha was an artiste, a writer, a dedicated researcher of art, culture and literature as well as an advocate of social reform. He also worked for the liberation of the exploited and the downtrodden,” Hazarika said.

Arun Sarma, litterateur and president of the celebration committee, thanked Hazarika for unveiling the bust and the college authorities and state education department for the initiative.

“I can’t find enough words to describe a multifaceted personality like Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha and the main objective of the celebration committee is to inspire the present generation to follow Rabha’s ideals,” Sarma added.

He also expressed gratitude on behalf of the committee to the Indian Oil Corporation-owned Guwahati Refinery for extending financial assistance for setting up the bust sculpted by Munindra Rajbongshi and Jayanta Paul.

Executive director of Guwahati Refinery, G. Bhanumurthy, who felicitated Hazarika on behalf of the IOC today, said it was an honour to felicitate a great personality like Hazarika.

Students and teachers of Cotton College, members of the Bishnu Prasad Rabha Birth Centenary Celebration Committee and senior officials of Guwahati Refinery, among others, attended the function.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I don't need 'wife' tag to prove my love for Bhupen: Kalpana

Kalpana Lajmi was just 17 when she fell in love with Bhupen Hazarika who was 45 at that time. When the music maestro turned 80, he offered to marry her, but Lajmi, who has been living with him for the past 38 years now, turned down the offer saying the 'wife' tag was unnecessary to their relationship."

Bhupso (Kalpana endearingly addresses Hazarika as Bhupso) did offer to marry me two years ago, but I said no," Lajmi, 54, told IANS in an interview.

"May be he wanted to give me the status of wife, but I was not interested. For me, the relationship, the trust and the respect that we share with each other are more important than marriage."

Lajmi, best known for her woman-oriented films like "Rudaali", "Daman", "Ek Pal", "Chingaari" and "Darmiyaan", says she met Hazarika through her uncle."I met him through my uncle Atma Ram.

When I saw this frail, skinny man wearing a striped orange shirt, I was charmed," Lajmi said as she bared her soul about her relationship with Hazarika, now 82.

A year later, Lajmi was able to enter both - Hazarika's heart and home.

"We have been living together for the past 38 years now, although my mother never accepted the relationship, nor did Bhupso's family members, barring Manisha (Bhupen's younger brother Jayanta's wife)."

Just about a couple of months back my mother asked me to get married to Bhupso. This is completely Indian mentality you know," she said.

Lajmi says they were not possessive about each other.

"Bhupso had a lot of beautiful women in his life during the last 38 years. I was also in love for some time with another man."

Talking about Hazarika's family, she said: "His former wife Priyam keeps calling him on phone and visited our home in Mumbai. She now stays in Canada and Bhupso's son Tej is settled in the US."

The couple generally stays in Mumbai. But for the past three weeks Hazarika, the last of India's most well-known balladeers, is in Guwahati with his partner.

Hazarika has produced, directed, composed and sang for the Assamese language films like "Era Batar Sur" (1956), "Shakuntala" (1960), "Pratidhwani" (1964) and "Lotighoti" (1967).

So was Lajmi able to make a difference in Hazarika's life and career?

"I think I'm 95 per cent responsible for Bhupso's career flight. He was an intoxicant and I helped him get rid of that habit."

Lajmi says Hazarika is an introvert and a short-tempered man.

"We have huge fights as he is a very angry person, besides being emotional and insular," she said.

The 82-year-old legend is not keeping well, and Lajmi devotes most of her time looking after the love of her life.

"My career has suffered for the last three years as Bhupso is not keeping well and I have to nurse him and do everything for him," Lajmi said.

"I love Bhupen Hazarika."

Source : India Today ,16 Feb 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tribute moves living legend- an emotional bhupen appeals for unity

Guwahati, Feb. 15: A sea of humanity thronged the Latasil ground today to felicitate music maestro Bhupen Hazarika, who reminded everyone of the virtues of unity and non-violence.
Hundreds of people and cultural troupes from the region converged at the function, organised by the All Assam Students’ Union, to pay tribute to the legend.
More than 500 groups performed traditional dances and songs in honour of Hazarika, during a three-hour cultural extravaganza.
The event ended with a traditional Bihu dance by 671 artistes.
The singer, who was overwhelmed with emotion at the end of the function, said he considered himself fortunate to have been accorded such a felicitation during his lifetime, but regretted that he could not join in the dancing because of his health.
Hazarika sang the lines of Paul Robeson’s famous song, We are in the same boat brother, and said, “Our society is passing through a critical phase. We become violent, fight with each other and then feel ashamed and cry. I hope that the violence comes to an end and there is unity and prosperity. Democracy cannot survive without unity and tolerance,” he said. “I am not very well these days. Otherwise, I would have joined in the dancing. Forgive me for my inability. May God bless everyone. Let us take our democracy to peace and prosperity.”
He sang some Bihu songs to encourage the group of 671 artistes. He also sang a few lines of another of his famous songs, Mahabahu Brahmaputra mahamilanar tirtha, and added that today’s function depicted the inherent unity in the diverse culture and traditions of Assam.
During the function, which started at 11.55am and continued till 3pm, more than 100 organisations like All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), North East Students’ Organisation, Asam Unnati Sabha, Asam Satra Mahasabha, Gauhati University Teachers’ Association, Don Bosco Institute and Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad, presented Hazarika with a traditional attire and gifts.
The cultural function enthralled Hazarika, his family members and the hundreds of people assembled at Latasil ground.
Starting with traditional a gayan bayan programme by folk artistes from Nagaon, the function saw performances by diverse cultural and ethnic groups of the region, including the Bodo, Dimasa, Rabha, Hajong, Garo, Sonowal Kachari, Deuri, Manipuri, Naga and Mizos. Artistes from the river island of Majuli staged a traditional bhaona (religious drama).
AASU president Sankar Prasad Rai said Hazarika was the light of Assamese society and he deserved the best of tributes during his lifetime. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said Hazarika must be honoured with the Bharat Ratna for his immense contribution towards cultural enrichment.
Source : The Telegraph , 16 Feb 2009

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Legend unveils his statue- AASU pays tribute to ‘Voice of Assam’

Guwahati, Feb. 14: It was a tribute befitting a living legend.

Bhupen Hazarika was escorted through a “sea of humanity” from his residence at Nizarapar, one of the most revered addresses in the city, to unveil his own life-size statue on the bank of Dighalipukhuri today as “Bhupen Sangeet” rent the air along the 3km stretch.

It was a memorable journey, as much for its novelty as for the spontaneous and uninhibited outpouring of love and affection for the ageing genius.

The unveiling of the statue, a creation of sculptor Biren Singh, was a unique way of paying tribute to the icon by the All Assam Students’ Union. It took a month for Singh to sculpt the fibreglass statue.

Hundreds of school students and fans lined on either side of the road to get a glimpse of the Voice of Assam and showered flowers as the white Honda City carrying the maestro passed them.

AASU volunteers and fans sang “Bhupen Sangeet” all along the journey that saw four decked-up elephants in the front and three following the car and traditional dance troupes escorting the overwhelmed Hazarika to the site from his residence at around 11am. It took over an hour for the colourful and energetic entourage to cover the 3km stretch as hundreds of people came out to be part of the historic occasion.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of such an occasion,” said Bubul Das, a student.

Visibly moved by the honour, Hazarika said he had no words to describe the creation of the sculptor and even posed in front of his statue.

The signs of ageing were visible on his face. But as he started humming lines from some of his immortal creations, it was vintage Bhupenda — mesmerising and evergreen. Manuhe manuhor babe jodihe okonu nabhabe; Dil hum hum kore... and Akashi gana bisara nai... were some of the lines of his melodies hummed by the maestro.

Hazarika then went on to claim — amidst loud cheers from the gathering — “I will live for many more days and sing many more songs.”

AASU general secretary Tapan Gogoi said the students’ body installed the statue so that the living legend continues to inspire the upcoming generation as he did over the years.

“Bhupenda will continue to lead us and be a source of our inspiration,” he added.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya described the moment as “unique” and said, “Bhupen Hazarika belonged to the world.”

“The AASU initiative is on the lines of the installation of life-size wax models of Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan at Madame Tussauds,” Bhattacharyya had recently said while announcing the AASU plan.

The students union is organising another public felicitation programme at Latasil ground here tomorrow to honour the balladeer.
Source : The Telegraph, 15 Feb 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika unveils his statue

The Hindu , 15 Feb 2009
GUWAHATI: Dada Saheb Phalke award winner and music maestro Bhupen Hazarika unveiled his life-size statue on the banks of the Dighaliphukuhuri tank along the busy GNB Road here on Saturday.
The statue has been installed by the All-Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in recognition of the contribution made by the internationally-famed ballad singer.
A first in the northeast
This is the first time that anyone in the northeast has unveiled his statue in his lifetime.
Dr. Hazarika was escorted from his Nizarapar residence here in a colourful procession led by six decorated elephants.
Young boys and girls in traditional attire and school students in uniform lined up the entire route to greet him by showering flower petals and humming his popular numbers.
All-Assam Students’ Union leaders Samujal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Sankar Prasad Rai and Tapan Kumar Gogoi escorted him from his residence to the venue.
The statue made of fibreglass material has been built by noted Assamese sculptor Biren Singha.
Dr. Hazarika while addressing the crowd after unveiling his statue said that he was overwhelmed by the love and respect bestowed on him by the people of Assam.
He also hummed a few lines of some of his popular numbers.
AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattcharyya said that the student body decided to install the statue of the noted singer during his lifetime to pay tribute to the maestro for his immense contribution in enriching Assam’s culture and heritage and making it popular in the national and international spheres through music.
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The All-Assam Students’ Union also organised a public felicitation for the music maestro at Latasil playground here on Sunday.
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Bhupen Hazarika unveils his statue

Guwahati , Feb 14: Cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika today unveiled his life-size statue on the banks of Dighalipukhuri lake here.

The Dada Saheb Phalke award winner unveiled the statue at a crowded function organised by All Assam Students&aposUnion. AASU leaders would also felicitate him at a cultural function at Latasil playground here tomorrow.

An emotional Hazarika told the gathering that he was overwhelmed by the love, respect and honour bestowed on him by the people of his state during his lifetime.

He praised sculptor Biren Singha for reflecting his personality and achievements in this work of art.

Hazarika was brought to the venue from his Nizarapar residence in a colourful and traditional procession led by seven decorated elephants and school children dancing and singing songs sung and composed by the maestro.

"The fibre glass statue has been installed at the site to attract all people passing by busy GNB Road," AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said.

" This is for the first time that a living legend unveiled his own statue. It is an historic occasion for the people of Assam. This is our tribute to the great personality whose contribution towards enrichment of Assamese culture is immense,"he said.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

AASU organises tribute to bard- Bhupen Hazarika will unveil his life-size statue on Saturday

Guwahati, Feb. 11: In a unique tribute to music legend Bhupen Hazarika, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will install a life-size statue of the singer on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri here.

Hazarika, who will himself unveil the statue on Saturday, will be brought to the site in a colourful cultural procession starting from his residence at Nizarapar in Chandmari.

Various cultural groups, students and eminent personalities will participate in the procession. During the procession the evergreen songs of Hazarika will be sung by various groups.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said Hazarika’s contributions had made Assam proud and known across the world and thus the singer deserved the best of tributes during his lifetime.

“We always try to do something different to pay tribute to a great personality after his or her death. But for a personality like Hazarika who is larger than life, it will be an injustice to follow convention. The singer has become a global citizen and he must see how the Assamese people are indebted to him for his contributions during his lifetime.

“The AASU’s initiative is in line with the installation of life-size wax models of Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan at the world-famous Madame Tussauds,” Bhattacharyya said.

Refusing to divulge details about the statue, Bhattacharyya said eminent sculptor Biren Sinha was giving final touches to it.

According to him, the statue will be installed in a way so that it catches the attention of all those who pass by Dighalipukhuri along the city’s arterial GNB Road.

AASU president Sankar Prasad Rai said the students’ organisation had planned to install the statue more than a year ago after having discussion with experts and prominent citizens from different walks of life.

“The organisation had to carry out a comprehensive exercise before going for the project. It was a very sensitive issue and we were a little apprehensive about Hazarika’s response. The selection of a suitable place for the installation of the statue was another crucial issue as the city faces an acute dearth of open public space. Finally, we have got the best possible site,” AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said.

Bhattacharyya said the AASU would organise a public felicitation ceremony for Hazarika at the Latasil playground on Sunday.

People from different castes, creeds, communities and religions across the Northeast would come down to pay their tribute to Hazarika, he said. “No one should miss the opportunity to felicitate Hazarika.”

Source: The Telegrapg , 12Feb 2009

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Online coverage of Dr Hazarika’s felicitation

GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – In a novel move, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has made arrangements for online coverage of what is being billed as one of the biggest-ever felicitation programmes for Assam’s cultural icon and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Logging on to one would be able to access the online coverage aimed at facilitating people across the globe to view the proceedings. The website is being designed by Brahmaputra Technology Private Limited.

The two-day felicitation programme would begin from February 14. A statue of Dr Hazarika would be unveiled by the living legend himself at Dighalipukuri premises on February 14.

Divulging this before mediapersons, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, adviser, AASU said that noted artiste Biren Singha is making the statue, which would be made of fibreglass.

“We have seen statues of prominent personalities finding space in the famous Madame Tussauds museum and this would probably be the first time in the North East that a living legend would unveil his own statue, and we appeal to people from a cross-section of society to make the event a historic one by participating in it,” Dr Bhattacharya stated.

He further informed that a massive procession would be taken out from Dr Hazarika’s residence at 11 am on February 14 to the Dighalipukhuri campus before he would unmask the statue.

The students’ body has planned the formal felicitation programme on February 15 at Latasil playground as a mark of love and respect to the maestro.

AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi further informed that cultural troupes of various communities of the North East would perform during the felicitation programme.
Source: The Assam Tribune, 12 Feb 2009

Bhupen Hazarika to unveil his statue

Guwahati , Feb 11 Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and balladeer Bhupen Hazarika will unveil his statue here installed by the influential All Assam Students Union (AASU) on February 14.

"The fibre glass statue will be installed in Dighali Pukhuri area of the city," AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya told reporters here today.

" This will be for the first time that a living legend will unveil his own statue,"he said.

According to Bhattacharyya, this will be a"meagre"contribution of the students body to the great personality as Hazarika"whose contribution towards enrichment of Assamese culture is immense".

On February 15, AASU would organise a cultural programme at Latasil ground in honour of the legendary singer, composer and poet.

Cultural troupes from all over the state would perform in the event, he said.


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