Friday, May 29, 2009

Bhupenda in Awahon

Many have written articles,poems and songs on legendary Bhupen Hazarika. And now, here is a play with Bhupen Hazarika as the central character, titled Bhul Nubujiba, Bhupenda (Don’t misunderstand Bhupenda), to be presented by prominent mobile troupe Awahon Theatre, in their 30th year. According to producer Krishna Roy, the play is going to be a major attraction. While the planning and concept of the play are by veteran film journalist-writer Pabitra Kumar Deka, it is directed by Abhijit Bhattacharya, who has also written the story. The theme is about a young die-hard admirer of Dr Hazarika, who forgets his miseries by listening to his songs. The story revolves around love, conflicts and tragedies of the youth. The play will cover a few popular songs of Dr Hazarika.
Another Awahon play for the next session is Ras, written by filmmaker-dramatist Munin Baruah. The story depicts family ties and the love, affection and understanding between two brothers and sisters. Another play, written by Abhijit Bhattacharya, is based on a girl’s deep love for melodies, which become an inseparable part of her life. The title – Nache Gaane Mohania Suranjana, indicates that the play is full of music and dance. The title role of Suranjana is played by Aaimee Barua. The participation of popular actor Mridul Bhuyan and award winning Aaimee in major roles is definitely a plus point for Awahon Theatre. They are going to be supported by a host of artistes, including Aditi Bhuyan, who got the best actress award for her performance in the widely acclaimed Ma, Deuta Aru Maina. Narayan Barua and Debeswar Sarma are in charge of music. Art direction is by Nuruddin Ahmed and lighting by Dipak Roy.
Source : Assam Tribune, 29th May 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika in Neharubali -Nagaon

Source : Assamiya Khabor , 25th May 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Film director Bhupen Hazarika

Source : Sadin Online , 22 May 2009

Bhupen Hazarika Recommended for Gandhi Peace Prize

Guwahati, May 21,2009: Assam's cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika's name has been recommended by Governor Shiv Charan Mathur on Thursday for the Gandhi Peace Prize of 2008.

The prestigious award, instituted by the Union ministry of culture, is given to individuals and institutions for their outstanding contribution towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.

An official release said here that Mathur recommended Hazarika for the award as he is not only a great poet, lyricist, singer, author and an educationist but also held many important positions in the state as well as at the national level.

The awardee is selected every year by a jury under the chairmanship of the prime minister. Earlier recipients include Nelson Mandela, Baba Amte, Ramakrishna Mission and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.
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Cotton’s tribute to Bhupenda- Hundred ex-students to sing an anthem penned by the legend

Guwahati, May 20: A silver-haired chorus of 100 former Cotton College students from India and abroad will spend a part of end-May rehearsing a song that Bhupen Hazarika penned in 2001 during the centenary celebrations of his alma mater.

On May 31, they will gather at the college and sing the anthem in front of Hazarika as a tribute to the “most outstanding talent ever produced by the century-old college”.

“Cotton College is not a glitter that will dim by the first light of the morn, Cotton College is the fount of knowledge (Cotton College sikmikoni nohoi, puwatei asta juwa/Cotton College hol gyanor utsah..),” Bhupen wrote.

Several prominent singers and former Cottonians, including Jogesh Barua, Jyotimoy Kakoti, Lakhyahira Das, Sangeeta Kakoti and Queen Das, will be part of the chorus at the get-together organised by the Association of Past and Present Office Bearers of Cotton College Union Society.

“Bhupenda has become an institution. We will sing the chorus before Bhupenda as a mark of our gratitude to him for his immense contribution to make Assam earn a place of pride on the world map. Many former Cottonians who are in between 65 to 75 years of age will participate in the chorus,” Tilottoma Baruah, a professor of anthropology who is in charge of the entire event, said.

“If his health permits, we will request Bhupenda to say few words about the history of the establishment of Cotton College and sing a few lines of the song. We sincerely ho-pe that he will keep our request,” she added.

Jogesh Barua, a prominent singer who studied at Cotton between 1952 and 1955, said it would be a “great occasion”.

“First, it will be an occasion of nostalgia for my golden days in college. More than that, I will have the privilege to sing for my alma mater before a living legend like Bhupenda. He is undoubtedly the best ever talent produced by Cotton College and he deserves the tribute,” he said.

Hazarika graduated from Cotton College during the forties. During his last visit to the college in February, the singer recalled his happy memories associated with the institution, including adda with friends and also a little bit of eve-teasing.

Jagadish Dutta, general secretary of Association of Past and Present Office-Bearers of Cotton College Union Society, said the two-day get-together was expected to bring together nearly 5,000 former Cottonians from India and abroad.

“All of us are excited about Bhupenda’s participation, which will double the celebration,” he said.
Source : The Telegraph, 21 May 209

Bhupen Hazarika to perform in Neharubali -Nagaon today

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Welcome back

Bhupen Hazarika, who had been unwell since a long time, has recovered. He is back in the circuit and is currently in Assam where he is performing live shows in the Baisakhi Spring Festival.

Talking from Assam, Kalpana Lajmi told Mumbai Mirror, “Bhupenda is much better now. He had been suffering from a psychological breakdown. But, his appetite is normal again and his physical debility is almost gone. He cannot be 22, but he is healthy at 82 today. The past eight months were tough for me and I'm very happy to see him working again.”
Hazarika is working on three private albums simultaneously. Two of the albums are based on spiritual songs while the third is based on Assamese poetry. Lajmi and Hazarika will return to Mumbai on June 10.
Source : By Vickey Lalwani , Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Live Video- Bhupen Hazarika sings again- At Rangia Bihu Function-17 April 2009

Bhupen Hazarika sings again- At Rangia Bihu Function-17 April 2009

Source: Sadin Online , 8th May 2009

Video- Nijoraparot Bhupen Hazarika, April 2009

Source : Recorded from a TV telecast by NETV

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika felicitated at Numaligarh Refinery Limited

Asom Ratna and the cultural icon of Assam - singer, composer, lyricist, litterateur, music director and film director, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika was felicitated by employees and associates of Numaligarh Refinery Limited on 01-05-09 at Numaligarh. At a function held at Numaligarh Refinery Township premises, Dr. Hazarika was honoured with a citation and a cheque presented by NRL MD, Dr. B.K.Das. Dr. Hazarika arrived on a visit to Numaligarh Refinery on 30-04-09. Accompanying him were eminent filmmaker Ms. Kalpana Lajmi and noted singer Ms. Manisha Hazarika. Dr. Hazarika interacted with NRL employees and their families, who gathered in large numbers to meet and pay their regards and respects to the living legend of the State.

Monday, May 4, 2009

AAPSU adopts Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘Hamara Arunachal’ as its anthem

ITANAGAR, April 12: The apex student organization of the state-All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) has adopted Dr Bhupen Hazarika evergreen song ‘Hamara Arunachal’, as its anthem.

In its victory function at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashoka on April 11, the song was officially adopted by the AAPSU in presence of students, Govt. official and public. The song was sung in the function by Bengia Hemanta, a close associate of Dr. Bhupen.

Hemanta enthralled the audience by singing the classic ‘Hamara Arunachal… a number in Arunachal’s first celluloid film Mera Dharam Meri Maa (1976) by Dr Bhupen Hazarika and drew huge rounds of applause from the audience.

AAPSU president Takam Tatung while expressing his delight over the adoption of the song said it was his long cherished. This was one of manifestoes, he added. He thanked his supporters who left no stone unturned in making him the President elated Takam said.

Newly elected General Secretary Tujum Poyom also spoke on the occasion and thanked his supporter who worked tirelessly in his road to AAPSU office.

Local MLA, Kipa Babu when asked to share some words of encouragement to the newly elected members of the AAPSU, said that student’s organization like needs to play very important role in shaping the political and economic status of the state.

Babu pointed out that the former AAPSU President Kanu Bagang and present ANSU President Niglar Veo preferred of dialogue over bandh culture to put across the students grievances. He further said that it is not always necessary to go for the bandh while asking the students organization to cooperate with the govt.

Renowned local singers Geli Kaye, Kamal Sonar and other presented enthralled the audience with their numbers.