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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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

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

75th Birthday Celebration , 8th Sep 2001

MF Husain with singer, lyricist, musician, filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 75th birthday at Hotel Centaur, Mumbai.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Archive for Bhupen’s immortal songs- Charitable trust preserves balladeer’s 14 tracks, four of them English

Source: The Telegraph ,6th July 2009
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,/ So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. --William Shakespeare

Guwahati, July 5: England’s most famous bard’s immortal lines, can now be applied to Assam’s music maestro Bhupen Hazarika, as a charitable trust, along with several institutions within and outside the country, has come forward to archive the living legend’s voice and preserve it for posterity.

The Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Public Charitable Trust today came out with an album — A Tribute to Dr Bhupen Hazarika — containing the original soundtracks of his 14 immortal songs.

The album opens with an introductory message by Hazarika on his life, philosophy, music, understanding of human values and his concern for the downtrodden.

It contains a number — Ajoli Hiyaar Maaje Bijuli Baan Mare — recorded way back in 1939 when Hazarika was only 13. The album also contains his popular songs Manuhe manuhar babe, Buku ham ham kare, Moi eti jajabor, Bistirna parore and Dola he dola, among others.

The album aims to depict Hazarika’s seven-decade-long musical sojourn and includes four English songs sung by him.

The trust has produced the single CD album purely for an archival purpose and there will be no commercial production of the album. The convenor of the trust, Dipankar Banerjee, said they had come out with the album in a bid to preserve the voice of the living legend in 50 archives in India and abroad.

“Some of the institutions, which have agreed to preserve the album, are North West Sound Archive at Clitheroe in UK, Heritage Recording, UK, University of Incarnate World in Texas, BBC Sound Archive and oral history section of Bristol Museum among others,” he said.

The album was unveiled by the secretary of the department of cultural affairs, Swapnanil Baruah, at a function held at Kanak Lal Baruah Auditorium at Assam State Museum this morning. Managing trustee of the trust Shankar Lal Goenka, litterateur Arun Sarma and filmmakers Munin Baruah and Manju Bora were present at the function.

One of the objectives behind bringing out the album was to present the music of the singer-composer-lyricist before the global audience in its original form and preserve the same for posterity, the organisers said.

All the 14 songs featured in the album were handpicked by Hazarika himself. A little background on the balladeer’s life, his works and his achievements, besides a detailed history of each of the 14 songs in the album, will also be sent to the archives along with the CD.

The Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Public Charitable Trust, which is working for preservation and promotion of cultural heritage of the Northeast, has presented lifetime achievement awards to different personalities in the field of culture. The trust has also published a book in English on Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla
Related News : Asomiya Pratidin , 6th July 2009
Also Check related older post : New Project to save Bhupen Hazarika's dulcet voice for 2500 years

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika to release new album in October

Bhupen pays tribute to saint - Singer to cut album of devotional songs penned by Sankardev

Guwahati, June 12: In 1937, a little boy called Bhupen wrote his first song as a tribute to 16th century saint Srimanta Sankardev and set it to music.

Seventy-two years later, Assam’s living legend will cut his first album of devotional songs penned by Sankardev and his disciple Madhavdev.

“It was one of my greatest desires to lend my voice to the unique compositions of Sankardev who has been an inspiration throughout my life. I now feel complete,” said 83-year-old Bhupen Hazarika today.

The solo album, yet to be named, is incidentally, Hazarika’s first in almost a decade.
Hazarika, admittedly, was greatly influenced by Sankardev’s philosophy of peace and brotherhood.

Produced by Surjya Hazarika, a close aide of the singer and his official biographer, the album has eight devotional songs called borgeet and namghosa.

Borgeet literally means a great song and is sung in various raga styles.

Though Sankardev is said to have composed nearly 250 borgeet, less than 35 remain. The namghosa is, in its entirety, a book of devotional verse written by Madhavdev.
Sankardev and Madhavdev set the songs to tune and used them extensively to propagate their Vaishnavite faith.

The religion Sankardev preached — part of the Bhakti cult which was traversing through India at that time — gave Assam a dogma-free society.

His favourite disciple, Madhavdev, carried forward his legacy and furthered the Bhakti movement across the state and beyond.

To be released around October, recording for Hazarika’s album was completed recently in the city.

“Bhupenda put his heart and soul into the songs despite his advancing years. His voice is as golden as ever,” said Surjya Hazarika.

A couple of the album’s songs will also be included in Surjya Hazarika’s film, Srimanta Sankardev, the first full-length feature film on the saint.
Source : The Telegraph , June 13,2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Akademi Ratna award ceremony on 14th July,2009


Source : Asomiya Pratidin , 3rd July 2009