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
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