Sunday, November 27, 2011

AIR saves maestro’s works

The Telegraph , 16 Nov , 2011

Guwahati, Nov. 15: The All India Radio Archives, the treasure house of precious recordings, has preserved songs, interviews and compositions of Bhupen Hazarika.

“We have 50 hours of recording of Bhupen Hazarika that has been preserved in the All India Radio Archives. His recordings have been collected from various stations of the All India Radio such as Guwahati, Calcutta, among others,” said Alka Pathak, additional director general of AIR, Delhi.

AIR has the largest library of Indian music.

“He made remarkable contribution in the field of culture and it was very essential to preserve his works. We have collected his original recordings in the magnetic tapes, which has been digitalised to preserve it in a better way,” she added.

“This is one of our precious recordings that have been preserved and we have not finalised anything regarding its release for commercial purpose,” she said.

AIR has already released work of some other artistes for sale, Pathak said.

“What we will do with Bhupen Hazarika’s work is something we haven’t decided yet. The good thing though is that the quality of the material that we have archived is good,” she said.