Monday, March 14, 2011

Singing legend Bhupen Hazarika in Mumbai city

News Source :Mumbai Mirror , March 09 , 2011
'Oh ganga baheti ho kyuon'; 'we are on the same boat, brother '…these are lines from songs that take us back a long way. And despite his ill health, the Dadashaeb Phalke awardee and legendary singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika hummed a few lines in front of the audience at Assam Bhavan on Sunday evening after he was escorted there on wheelchair to be felicitated by the organisers—Assam Association of Mumbai and the ladies wing Shreemoyi.

The ailing music maestro came to Navi Mumbai for other reasons, too. First, he is a great believer of Amma Maata Amritanandamayee and his poor health condition did not deter him from visiting the Brahmhagiri hills in Nerul to get a hug from the mother on March 7 along with his companion, director-producer Kalpana Lajmi. ''He is more or less immobile since 2008 due to his ailment. But as he is an ardent believer, he is very keen to pay a visit to Amma every year," said Lajmi.

To make the evening more memorable at Assam Bhavan, the 85-year-old artiste released a CD made by a Panvel based music production house."This is the first CD made on Borgeet, a collection of compositions of Srimanto Sankardev titled 'Amrit Ras'," informed Lalit Saikia , the producer and organiser. Singers Juben Garg, Anjana Saikia , Debashish Sharma (the resident commissioner), Debjani Saikia and Ramen Goswami sang for the album.

Bhupenda (as he is fondly called) is a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker of the highest repute. He is the only living pioneer of Assam's film industry in the Northeast, and has been hailed as the uncrowned king of northeastern cultural world.

The crowd was very eager to interact with the talented artiste. Ranjan Baruah, a 70-year- old fan of Bhupenda came to visit him from Andheri. Baruah is an Alzheimer's patient but his long cherished wish to meet the singer gave him strength to make it.

While touching the maestro's feet he could not control his emotion and wept like a child. Bhupenda addressed everyone, greeted singers who sang for the album and said, "I am delighted to see that despite living outside your native place, you have taken the initiative to make your culture alive. Many of us forget our roots. Stick to it and try to infuse others with your enriching heritage."