Monday, September 21, 2009

The Balladeer


EVERY TIME he leaves for Mumbai, his friends in Guwahati ask Bhupen Hazarika won’t he miss the Brahmaputra? And he answers: “The sea will charge me up”. When he had a bypass surgery in Mumbai, Hazarika requested his friends to book a room from where he can see the Arabian Sea. “I cannot stay without the river. The water, its vast expanse and its ability to help millions in their daily livelihood have always energised me. It has always kept me young at heart.”

“Even outside Assam, I am in a beautiful world and touching the hearts of people whose words I will use as lyrics,” says one of India’s oldest performing singers who has composed soulful music for films like Saaz, Rudaali and Gaja Gamini.

For many years, the legendary Hazarika travelled in country-made boats on the Brahmaputra and composed music and wrote lyrics even as he chatted with boatmen and those living along the banks of the river. “I grew up with their dreams,” says the Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner who recently celebrated his 84th birthday with a traditional Assamese lunch with cancer patients at the Assam Bhawan in Mumbai.

Hazarika wrote his first song when he was ten. He will not retire. He says he can only die. “Manna (Dey) is still singing.” As long as people listen to him, India’s Paul Robeson will continue to sing: Manush manusher jonney (People are for people).

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Download Mosaic Poster of Bhupen Hazarika

Today I have created this mosaic poster of Bhupen Hazarika ,this 20 inch x 22 inch portrait poster contains 11,525 small(60pix x 60pix) photograph of Bhupen Hazarika .
Given below a preview of the poster with zoomify of a small block of the same
Shown above is actual size of a small block of the poster

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Width : 20.4 inch , Height : 22.6 in
Number of total cells : 11526 ( actualy its around 600 pic, repeated to make it 11526)Resolution : 300 pix/inch

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Friday, September 18, 2009

84 years young, Bhupen Hazarika raring to go

Guwahati, Sep 8 (IANS) Bhupen Hazarika, one of India’s oldest performing singers, says he feels younger by the day even as he turns 84 Tuesday with the whole of Assam in celebration mode as a mark of respect to the legendary musician.

“I always think I am young,” Hazarika said as he prepared to celebrate his birthday with a traditional Assamese lunch with cancer patients at the Assam Bhawan in Mumbai.

Just last month, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner underwent a bypass surgery in Mumbai and it will be his first public appearance Tuesday at the Assam Bhawan as part of his birthday celebrations.

“I don’t feel like retiring as music has no retirement age. Throughout my life I have been trying to interpret Assam and India to the outside world through my songs,” Hazarika told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Singer, lyricist and filmmaker, Hazarika’s passion for music is unrelenting.

“I am travelling in a beautiful world and reaching the hearts of the people through their own words which I use as lyrics for my songs,” said Hazarika, who has composed soulful music for films like “Rudaali”, “Saaz” and “Gajagamini”.

One of India’s best-known balladeers, Hazarika still has a couple of projects in hand - he is to score the music for two movies by well-known filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

Back home in Assam, Bhupen Hazarika fans and organisations are celebrating his birthday in various places with daylong programmes - from singing competitions to cultural evenings.
“He is a singer people will remember for ages,” said Tapan Gogoi, general secretary of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).

AASU is celebrating Hazarika’s birthday in Guwahati by organising a cultural evening.
Hazarika considers it important that a singer has humanistic ideals - and these should be reflected in his songs.

“When I go to Japan, students of music want me to sing ‘Manuhe Manuhar Babe’. When I reach California people say you are our Paul (Robeson), please sing ‘We are in the same boat brothers’,” Hazarika had told IANS in an interview last year.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

83rd Birthday Photo of Bhupen Hazarika

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Bhupen Hazarika's 83rd Birthday photo

Dr Hazarika’s birthday celebrated

The Assam Tribune , 9th Sep 2009
GUWAHATI, Sept 8 – The birthday of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika was celebrated in Assam and Mumbai today with much enthusiasm. The birthday of Dr Hazarika was celebrated in Mumbai with a day long programme in the Assam Bhawan and the presence of the legendary musician added colour to the programme.

The Deputy Resident Commissioner of the Assam Bhawan, Mumbai, Debashis Sarma said that Dr Hazarika, accompanied by filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi arrived in the Bhawan at around 1 pm today. He was given a rousing reception by 35 cancer patients undergoing treatment in Mumbai, their relatives and the staff of the Bhawan. Dr Hazarika spent some time with the patients with words of encouragement.

Dr Pradeep Kaul and his team of doctors, who recently performed the bypass surgery on Dr Hazarika to give him a new lease of life, were also felicitated on the occasion.

In the city, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organized a programme called ‘Uddipana’ (encouragement) to celebrate the occasion on the southern bank of the Dihalipukhuri this evening.

The best singers of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and Assam Agricultural University, the best singers of the Gauhati University Youth Festivals and the best signers of one college from each of the 23 districts of the State took part in the cultural function held on the occasion.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birthday Article by Nripen Hazarika

Source : Assamiya Khabor , 8th Sep , 2009

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Source : Ajir Dainik Batori , 8th Sep 2009

Dr Hazarika’s birthday today

The Assam Tribune , 8th Sep 2009

GUWAHATI, Sept 7 – The All Assam Students Union will organise a programme called Uddipana to mark the birthday of cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika tomorrow in the city. A press release stated that the function to be held close to the statue of Dr Hazarika beside the Dighali Pukhuri would feature a video conference with the noted musician currently in Mumbai. A host of talents from across the State will perform songs during the programme that is scheduled to start at 5 pm.
AASU president Sankar Prasad Ray and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi have invited the public to attend the function.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Evergreen Bhupen Hazarika turns 83

Source : The Hindustan Times , 7th Sep 3009

Multi-faceted genius and ‘The Golden Voice of Assam’ - Dr Bhupen Hazarika, turns 83 today. Bhupenda, as he is lovingly called by millions, is recognised by many as one of the greatest cultural figures that Assam has produced, next only to Sri Sri Sankaradeva, the Vaishnavite preacher of the 15th century, and Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, the early 20th-century singer-composer.

Ranked amongst the leading filmmakers of the nation, Bhupenda 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 is a good poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker of the very highest repute. ....................Read the complete story

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bhupenda to celebrate birthday with cancer patients in Mumbai

The Assam Tribune , 6th Sep 2009

GUWAHATI, Sept 5 – The Assam Bhawan in Mumbai and Assamese community there will celebrate the birthday of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika on September 8. Dr Pradeep Kaul and his team of doctors, who performed the by-pass surgery on Dr Hazarika recently, would also be felicitated.
Asomiya Pratidin , 6th Sep 2009

Birthday article by Krishna Das Nath

Source : Sadin , 4th Sep 009
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