Monday, September 26, 2011

Maestro's Magic

By Sa-al-tkquavi

Sunday, September 25, 2011

With Zubeen Garg

We are in the same boat brother...

By LOU MAJAW, The Telegraph , 08 Sep 2011

As I sit sipping my “red tea” in Cafe Shillong at Laitumkhrah in Meghalaya’s capital, I perhaps wallow in nostalgia when asked to speak about my association with maestro Bhupen Hazarika. To me, the genius is the “most beautiful soul” in the music industry from Assam. He is also a beautiful human being.

During the ’60s when the ride to Shillong was an adventure and Bhupenda would be on an escape from the heat of Guwahati, to be with his Khasi friends for a good sing-along laced with endless toasts, I remember times when everyone would sing Tom Dooley with our not-so-fine-tuned guitars. It was a good time for one and all, and that’s how his Manuhe manuhor babe/Jodihe okonu nebhabe/Okoni xohanubhutire/Bhabibo kone nu kuwa xomonia was born. The song can be called the Assamese version of the famous song Hang down your head Tom Dooley

Taking things easy and nursing a drink on a Shillong evening in “White Room” with my comrade, late Toto Wallang, we would strum our guitars and sing our hearts out going down memory lane, thinking of Hazarika. I don’t think he was a “doctor” then. It was also during his trips to Shillong that Monalisa Lyngdoh was immortalised. That was a song composed by the maestro, a nice little love song which was always sung during get-togethers.

During performances at the District Library in Guwahati, we would meet backstage, shake hands and shower encouraging words though without “praises” for each other, and amidst hearty talk, Hazarika would ask: “How is Shillong?”

Sharing the stage at the Assam Engineering College at Jalukbari in Guwahati one time was another unforgettable experience, when, singing his soul out with a harmonium, Hazarika took everyone to that timeless space.

When I met Hazarika in Mumbai for the Star Cement recordings some time back, I said to him: “It’s been a long time since we last met.” He replied: “I just came out of the grave!” Though he looked like a lost child at a dining table of the Taj Coromandel, yet a loving and warm atmosphere surrounded the man.

That was perhaps the last public performance of Hazarika, during the launch of the Star Cement music video when we sang We are in the same boat brother. This also reminds me of the great time shared with his brother, late Jayanta Hazarika. God bless his soul.

For now, get well soon Bhupen, and find your way to Shillong, and share your music with the people of your favourite town. We remember the countless evenings of singsongs, eating doh khlieh, doh jem and the ever tasty doh thad with a dash of salt, chillies, ginger, and onion, all of which we washed down with the local brew.

We love and respect you for your contribution to the world of music—from all your friends, admirers and lovers of Shillong. We are in the same boat, brother — God Bless, Khublei.

AS TOLD TO ANDREW W. LYNGDOH ,Singer-composer Lou Majaw is western music’s most well known voice from Northeast India

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Assam prays for Bharat Ratna to Hazarika, Centre takes it up

Assam’s demand for a Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika, frequently described as the last of the living balladeers in the subcontinent, seems to have finally found takers in New Delhi. After Kumar Deepak Das of the AGP made a request in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home M Ramachandran has written to Das saying the Ministry has forwarded it to the PMO.
Fans of Hazarika are making two fervent prayers, that the music maestro lives a long life and that he gets the country’s highest civilian award soon. Hazarika, 86, is ailing and admitted to a special ward in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
The demand for a Bharat Ratna is nearly a decade old with Dilip Kumar Saikia, then AGP legislator, raising it in the Assembly in 2003. The state government assured it would take up the matter with the Centre; in March last year, the AGP got the Assembly to adopt a resolution to press New Delhi.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What, elephant?

SURYA GOSWAMI , The Telegraph , Sep 8,2011

It was 1969. Bhupenda was supposed to perform at a function in Silchar. But we missed the flight. So we set out on our journey to Silchar via Shillong. We were in two vehicles — Bhupenda and I were in an Ambassador and an engineer Pranab Bora, Sobibur Rahman and Bhupenda's brother, Jayanta Hazarika, were in a jeep. It was around 10pm and dark. On the right side we could see Sylhet in Bangladesh. Suddenly, our car had a puncture. When our driver was changing the wheel, the jeep overtook us.

After changing the wheel we started our journey. After some time we saw the jeep ahead waiting with its headlights switched on. When we came close the jeep we saw a huge elephant standing on the road blocking our way. Bhupenda was sleeping at that time. "There is an elephant on the road," I said, gawking at the elephant. The moment he heard my words, he grabbed my hands and prayed to all the gods and goddesses he knew. Once the elephant left, we zipped off. I have never forgotten his reaction.

Suryya Goswami, from Nagaon, accompanied Bhupen Hazarika on the tabla from 1967 to 1983

Friday, September 16, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bhupen Hazarika celebrates 85th b'day in ICU

Source : The Times of India , 8th Sep 2011
Assam CM sent a personalized letter wishing him speedy recovery. Kalpana Lajmi announced her next film Kaanch on the occasion.

Veteran singer Bhupen Hazarika, who has been hospitalized since quite some time now, saw happy times today as he celebrated his 85th birthday in his ICU room. Amidst much media fanfare, the celebrated singer cut his birthday cake and managed to speak a few words, showing signs of improvement.

A close source present at the occasion said, This is perhaps the first time that Bhupenji has spoken properly in months. Also he is breathing normally. Moreover the singer, who was not allowed any food intake orally and was fed liquid through tubes, did manage to taste his birthday cake for a pleasant change .

Dressed in his trademark Assamese topi, Bhupen Hazarika seemed elated seeing his well-wishers around on his birthday. The source adds, The Chief Minister of Assam sent a personalized letter to Bhupen Hazarika on this occasion wishing him speedy recovery and praising his work as an artist. The letter was read out by Bhupenji's sister-in-law, Manisha Hazarika .

Kalpana Lajmi who has been by Bhupen Hazarika's side forever announced her next directorial venture on the occasion Kaanch. Not just that, Lajmi also declared that like all her films, the music of Kaanch will also be given by Bhupen Hazarika. Dhrub Jyoti Phukan who has been an assistant with Pritam for long will be arranging the music of the film and Bhupen Hazarika will be conducting and supervising the tunes , said Kalpana Lajmi. Some old tunes composed by Bhupen will also be incorporated in the soundtrack .

That is really good news for Bhupen Hazarika fans. We wish the celebrated singer a speedy recovery on his birthday.

Related News : Amar Asom , 9th Sep 2011

85th Birthday Photograph

Friday, September 9, 2011

Birthday article by Homen Borgohain,

Source : Amar Asom , 8th September ,2011

85th Birthday : Lata Mangeshkar's tweet

Namaskar. Aaj hamare desh ke prasiddha sangeetkar, Shri Bhupen Hazarikaji ka janamdin hai. Main unhe unke janamdin ki bahut, bahut badhaai deti hoon, aur asha karti hoon ki unki tabeeyat bahut jaldi acchhi ho jaye; aur woh jald hi ghar laut aaye.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dr Hazarika’s birthday to be Gono Sangeetor Din

The Assam Tribune Setember 06,2011

GUWAHATI, Sept 5 – Heritage Northeast will celebrate Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 85th birthday as ‘Gono Sangeetor Din’ at the ITA auditorium at Machkhowa here from 6 pm on September 8 with songs, dances, words, cakes and fanfare, a press release said.
An 85-pound birthday cake, which is being specially prepared by the expert bakers of Repose, has been aesthetically designed by Rothin Borthakur, former Chief Architect, Government of Assam. The cake will be ceremoniously cut by Dr Lakhi Goswami of Tezpur who is a close associate of Dr Hazarika.

The musical extravaganza will be led by Khagen Mahanta, Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and brand ambassador of Heritage Northeast. He will deliver a talk on Dr Hazarika. This will be followed by songs from Pulak Banerjee, Tarali Sarmah, Zubeen Garg, Archana Mahanta, JP Das, Zubilee, Kula Baruah, Debojani Das, Rumi, Anjana Choudhury, Bhitali Das, Farukh Hussain, Queen Das, Mira Das Saharia, Gina and others.

Ratna Ojha,Nipon Goswami, Malaya Goswami, Dinesh Das, Nishita Goswami, Dr Manju Mala Das, Dr Shrutimala Duarah, Shenehi Begum and Ajoy Dutta are among the few luminaries from the cultural, literary and journalistic fields of Assam who will join the celebrations.

Another highlight of the programme will be a creative dance, to be led by Dr Sharodee Saikia, which will be based on the unforgettable song, Sagar Songomot from the first feature film by the multi-faceted personality, which was released in 1956. Guwahati Diary will entertain the participants with sweets and snacks, BN Dey & Co of Panbazar will provide the drinking beverages, Purobi will offer sweetened curd and Blue Hill Travels will provide transportation.

The Government of Assam and Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra are being requested to tie up with Heritage North East for the programme. MNC, government and public sector undertakings are also being approached for their helping hand.

Pulak Gogoi and a few other artists will reflect their thoughts through their brushes on the occasion on the spot. Gautom Prasad Baruah, noted poet and financial expert, and George Baker, the hero of Dr Hazarika’s film Chameli Memshahab will fly down to Guwahati to attend the ceremony.

The programme will be anchored by Aboni Borah and Ilora Goswami of AIR and DDK respectively, Sameer of GupShup FM, Nasifa and others, the release added.

News : Birthday preparation

Asomiya Pratidin , 04 Setember 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eid Mubarak

Source : Amar Asom , 31 August 2011