Monday, May 31, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dr Bhupen Hazarika to continue singing

The Assam Tribune , May 29 , 2010
GUWAHATI, May 28 – “I will continue singing till the doctors allow me to,” said the cultural icon of the State Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who according to doctors, is responding quite well to the treatment provided by specialists at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai.

“Dr Hazarika underwent a coronary artery bypass surgery in August last year and has surprised all of us with the pace of recovery,” said Dr Pradeep Kaul, heart specialist of the hospital, speaking at the inaugural programme of a consultation centre of the same hospital in Guwahati.

Dr Kaul further said that all the doctors in the hospital are happy with the progress, and the music maestro is responding just as an 84-year old person should.

While interacting with the media, Dr Hazarika, seen in a cheerful mood today, said that he was happy to come to the State and savour Assamese delicacies like sewali phulor anja and other traditional cuisines.

Sharing his experience about the bypass surgery, he said that modern facilities at the Mumbai hospital, made him feel the need of same facilities in Guwahati too. “Though Guwahati has some good hospitals, yet some more well-equipped healthcare centres should come up in the city and the State,” he said. His sister-in-law Manisha Hazarika was also present on the occasion. Dr Hazarika who arrived in the city last Sunday also hummed a few lines from his song ‘We are on the same boat brother’ much to the delight of the fans and well-wishers present.

A specialist from the hospital Dr Sudhir Pillai and radiologist Dr Dibyajyoti Konwar, who were a part of the team, which performed Dr Hazarika’s surgery, were also present.

Noted litterateur Surjya Hazarika, while speaking on the occasion, said Dr Bhupen Hazarika was instrumental in bringing this hospital to Guwahati as he wanted good treatment facilities for the people of the State.

Bhupen wings back to past-- Movie on Sankardeva out of tune with time

News Source : The Telegraph , May 28 , 2010
Guwahati, May 27: Kuxumbar putra Srixankar guruwe/ dharisil naamore taan /Naamore xurote anandot naasisil / Pabitra Bardowa thaan…

Way back in 1937, an 11-year-old singer-composer wrote the lyrics of his first song, dedicated to the 15th century saint-reformer Sankardeva. No wonder that the singer — a certain Bhupen Hazarika — described as “amazing” the only film made on Sankardeva after he watched the movie at a special screening here today.

Directed by his biographer Surjya Hazarika, Bhupen Hazarika has also lent his voice to two borgeets in the film.

In his 85th year, Hazarika regretted that he was no longer able to “run about” and watched the movie Srimanta Sankardeva seated on a wheelchair, placed in an aisle of Vandana cinema.

Age may be catching up with Assam’s most popular and enduring cultural icon, but the people’s Bhupenda is still the man behind the voice that has represented an era. The balladeer not only sat through the entire two-and-a-half hours of the film but appeared immersed in the big screen as the life of the saint-reformer unfolded in 35mm celluloid.

After the screening, Hazarika also fielded questions from journalists and posed for photographs, as photojournalists and TV cameramen jostled for space amid diehard fans who had gathered around him for a closer view of the man who is considered the tallest among Assam’s cultural greats.

Where Bhupenda scores, the film, however, does not, falling flat because of the lack of an eye for detail.

At the post-movie briefing, Bhupenda today said that the film was important because of the simple fact that “it is the first ever to be made on Sankardeva” but that is also precisely the reason viewers would be left disappointed — everything about it is “new”.

From the newly-erected sets to the starched and spotless white dhotis worn by all male characters, to the clean-shaven faces of the characters including that of Sankardeva, the film lacks the basic treatment that should be the hallmark of a period film.

No doubt, the canvas of the saint-reformer’s life and work would have been too vast to be encapsulated in a mere two-and-a-half hours, yet a more professional approach would have elevated it from the mundane to a definite cinematic treatise worth the greatness of the saint.

And certainly, Srimanta Sankardeva would have also done without guitar “pieces” as background music.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Maestro Bhupen Hazarika will finally set foot on Assam

After missing a date with Assam on a couple of occasion, Bhupen Hazarika will finally set foot on the soils of the State on May 18. He is planning to record a couple of composition in the studio besides receiving the K C Das Commerce College National Cultural Award. He is also contemplating recitation of a number of poems. A CD has also been planned on Bhupen Hazarika life by an Assamese producer. Besides, a couple of songs have also been written on him.
However, there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding his schedule. His aide has said that it all depends on his health.
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Bhul Nubujiba Bhupenda

Article Source : Dainik Batori ,23-05-2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Meri Maa Meri Dharam --First Arunachalee feature film's negative traced

Itanagar, May 11 (PTI) The missing negative of the first celluloid Arunachalee feature film has been traced at the National Film Archive in Kolkata.

'Meri Maa Meri Dharam', the 35 mm colour film on the social structure of the dominant Nyishi tribe was made in 1975 and was an instant hit when released. But nobody knew its whereabouts since its negatives went missing soon after director of information of Arunachal Pradesh, Leki Phontsu told PTI today.

The film was produced by the state government and directed by Dada Saheb Phalke winner Bhupen Hazarika.

After demands from several NGOs and eminent personlities, the state information department had launched a search for the missing negatives.

During the search it was learnt the film was preserved for 25 years by a Mumbai-based company, to which the state government had paid Rs 83000
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