Saturday, January 28, 2012

Padma Vibhushan for Dr Bhupen Hazarika

NEW DELHI, Jan 25 – In what is being perceived as a major let-down, Dr Bhupen Hazarika has been nominated posthumously for the Padma Vibhusan Award despite a growing demand for the Bharat Ratna to the legendary singer and composer. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service.

Dr Hazarika is among seven whose names have been nominated for the Padma Vibhusan, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations. Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories–Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March-April. This year the President has approved of 109 awards including one duo case (counted as one) and 14 in the category of Foreigners and NRIs and Posthumous. This year, there are five Padma Vibhushans, 27 Padma Bhushans and 77 Padma Shri awards. There are 19 women among the awardees, an official declaration said.

The balladeer and prominent cartoonist Mario De Miranda have been nominated posthumously. Dr Hazarika was the recipient of the Padma Shri (1977) and the Padma Bhusan (2001).

This year, none from the North-east has been nominated for the Padma Bhusan Award, while Sunil Janah of Assam has been nominated for the Padma Shri in the category of Art and Photography. Dr Ralte L Thanmawia of Mizoram has been nominated for the Padma Shri in the category of literature and education.

Meanwhile, notwithstanding pressure on the UPA-II Government to honour Dr Hazarika with the coveted Bharat Ratna, the Centre chose to ignore it. The list of those seeking the highest civilian award of the country is long and quite a few influential names figure in it, said sources, adding that names included that of Choudhury Charan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Dhyan Chand, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bhindra among others.

Others who also desire the award include popular actor Amitabh Bachchan. Further, names of Mirza Ghalib and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya have also been in circulation for the Bharat Ratna.

Supporting the case of the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee was Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who personally took the matter with the Prime Minister following huge public demand. The matter was also raised in the Parliament and the North East MPs’ Forum twice passed a resolution recommending the singer’s name for the highest civilian honour.

Reacting to the development, Kumar Deepak Das, who was among the first to raise the matter in Parliament, described it as most unfortunate. Just because he was from Assam, he was deprived of the highest civilian award.

The Prime Minister is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam but in this case he has failed to honour the sentiment of the people of the State he represents, Das added.

General secretary of NEMPF Biren Baishya, who had called on the Prime Minister and submitted a petition along with chairman Mukut Mithi, said he is still hopeful.

Meanwhile, Khamliana from Mizoram and Md Abdul Bari of Odisha have been jointly selected for the National Communal Harmony Award for the year 2011 in the individual category.

Khamliana, 56, is the founder president of Mizoram Youth Club established in 1990. The Club is a well-known voluntary organisation rendering social service and strengthening national integration in Mizoram.

Source : The Assam Tribune , 26 January 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bhupen Hazarika & Mohammad Rafi

Lajmi biggest beneficiary of Dr Hazarika’s will

Source : The Assam Tribune , 10 January 2012

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – Filmmaker and business partner of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Kalpana Lajmi, has emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the legendary artiste’s will, while his son Punnag Tej Hazarika was entitled only to his father’s share of inherited plots (revenue) in Tezpur and Nazira.

Tej will be entitled to the claim on the sale of the plot in Tezpur, only if Nripen Hazarika, brother of Dr Hazarika (presently occupying the property) opts to sell the property after due approval from all his siblings or their legal heirs.

The certified and last will signed by the legendary artiste mentioned that his wife and son or the trustees of the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust will have no right to claim or demand whatsoever the properties bequeathed to Lajmi, including the movable and immovable properties. Lajmi, after Dr Hazarika’s death, will be the chairperson of the Trust till her death.

“Film and television companies, bank accounts, both personal and company accounts, investment be it in cash or gold (jewellery), cheque and property both in India and rest of the world have been earned in equal proportion by Lajmi along with myself and therefore after my death she will be entitled to be the sole owner of the same,” Late Dr Hazarika deposed in his will.

The other properties that were bequeathed to Lajmi include all professional equipment from film and sound for which the trade licence is in the name of Bhupen Hazarika and Kalpana Lajmi, besides the residential flat at Andheri West (Mumbai), all other existing and future bank accounts, pension, cash, investment, jewellery, property, car, rights and receipts of sales both in cash and cheque of film and television software, record, DVDs and CDs made by Dr Hazarika.

Dr Hazarika, in his will, also wished that his share of the 16-bigha land jointly inherited by him and his brothers and sisters located under Jalukbari mauza, should be bequeathed to Kalpana Lajmi with transferable right of sale, gift and mortgage after his death along with the revenue earned from it and the remaining plot (36 kathas) to be divided among the brothers and sisters and their legal heirs.

“All properties belonging to Kalpana Lajmi and Dr Hazarika’s production companies like Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Kalpana Lajmi Productions and Kalpana G Lajmi Productions and Bhupen Hazarika Productions are separate entities and do not belong to the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust and hence cannot be attached to it,” the will categorically mentioned.

“All other properties other than mentioned above, movable or immovable, outside Assam belonging to me and the partnership shares belonging to me jointly in the production houses, shall be held occupied by Lajmi with transferable right of sale,” the will signed by Dr Hazarika with Kamal Chandra Kataki and Sumitra Hazarika as witnesses mentioned.

Dr Hazarika, in his will, appreciated the support and help offered by Lajmi in times of distress and further mentioned that after her death, the ownership rights will be vested upon Lajmi’s brother.

Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika bequeathed his share of land at Nizarapar and the two-storied building built on it to the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust.

The will also stated that the land and the house, which Dr Hazarika built for his Late brother Amar Hazarika, would solely belong to his widow Sumitra Hazarika and no family member, their legal heir or Dr Hazarika’s business partner Kalpana Lajmi can remove, displace or throw her from the Nizarapar compound property nor from her existing house until her death.

“Since Amar Hazarika, Jayanta Hazarika, Bhupen Hazarika and Samar Hazarika have already built their own houses, no members of their family or any other family members can disrupt, encroach, break down or build upon their land or homes. The balance area of Nizarapar property may be divided for homes to be built among the remaining brothers and sisters and their legal heirs other than those mentioned above,” the will mentioned.

Dr Hazarika further wished (as mentioned above) that his share of property inherited from his father Late Nilakanta Hazarika along with his nine brothers and sisters at Nazira (Sivasagar) or the revenue earned by its sale, after his death, to be bequeathed to his son.

The will mentioned that the legendary artiste along with his brothers and sisters had signed away the house inherited by their father in Tezpur in the name of Nripen Hazarika, who has been its occupant for the last several years and that Nripen Hazarika and his family, during Dr Hazarika’s lifetime or after death, will not be given any share of property from Nizarapar.

But if Nripen Hazarika wishes to sell the Tezpur property (as mentioned above), it will have to evaluated at its existing rates and the value of the house and same can be done only with joint signatures of all the 10 brothers and sisters and their legal heirs and thereafter the revenue earned is to be divided equally between Dr Hazarika and his other siblings with transferable right to enjoy, occupy and sale.

After his death, his share of revenue should be given to his son Punnag Tej Hazarika.

The plot of land (300 to 500 bigha) at Sadiya owned by Dr Hazarika has also been bequeathed to the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust.

The will also said that if his estranged wife Priyamvada Patel Hazarika, residing at Canada and my son Punnag Tej Hazarika or either of them refuse or deny or fail to respond to accept my properties bequeathed to them by me within 12 months, in that case the refused property will automatically be vested upon the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust.

All the awards and prizes, both medals and certificates earned by Dr Hazarika, besides copyrights and royalties of books, lyrics, essays, short stories, notations, novels, journal pieces, articles and scripts for films written by Dr Hazarika and royalties from films either on celluloid, cable, video, television and theatre and royalties of all music, tunes, songs made and composed by the legendary artiste by way of and in the manner of audio and video cassettes, audio and video compact discs, long-playing records, short-playing records and all other sound producing future devices containing original lyrics, and music composed by him are the property of the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust.

Dr Hazarika, in his will, had also given his funeral rights to Lajmi, Sunil Nath (executor of the will), Pranabhiram Baruah and Dr Nomal Borah.

The will was approved and signed by Dr Hazarika on February 17, 2011.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tribute to Bhupen Hazarika in Mumbai

Source : Sadin online , 06 January ,2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bhupen Hazarika's cremation wish was not met

Two months after his death, it appears that music maestro Bhupen Hazarika's last wish of getting his funeral rites performed by a select few individuals was not met, with the executors of his will keeping his desire a secret.
"It appears to me that apart from near and dear ones, various persons might claim the right over my funeral," the legendary 85-year-old singer had said in a registered will, a copy of which is available with IANS.

The will signed Feb 17, 2011, had the names of five people that the maestro said should perform the funeral rites - Kalpana Lajmi, Sunil Nath, Manjula Hazarika, Pranabhiram Baruah and Nomal Bora.
The last rites were, however, performed by Bhupen Hazarika's son Punnag Tej Hazarika in the presence of a multitude of people. The last of India's well-known balladeers and one of the country's oldest performing singers died at a Mumbai hospital following prolonged illness Nov 5, 2011.

"In order to avoid any conflicts or disputes over my funeral rites, I am desirous of restricting the duties, responsibilities and formalities of my funeral rites to the following persons," the will read.

While Lajmi was described in the will as his 'business partner since 1977', Sunil Nath was mentioned as one who had 'supported me in my old days like my son', and Manjula Hazarika as 'like my own daughter'.

"My old and good friend Pranabhiram Baruah (he expired in September last year after the will was signed) has stood by my side in many good and bad times...and my well wisher Dr. Nomal Bora to perform my last rites after my death being my close aides," the will read.

Sunil Nath is one of the two executors of the will (the second executor is Partha Dutta, an advocate).

"Apart from these above mentioned persons desired and authorized by me no other persons close, related or near and dear ones to me should take part in my funeral rites after my death and this may be considered as part of my last will and testament," Hazarika wrote in his will.

While Pranabhiram Baruah died before Hazarika, it was not known why the maestro's wish of getting his funeral performed by the people he wanted was not carried out.
At least one person mentioned in the will claimed he was not aware about Hazarika's wish until the will's content was made known to him.

"I am getting emotional when I came to know from the media that my name was among those whom Bhupen Hazarika wanted to perform the last rites. It was his magnanimity and showed his love and trust in me," Bora, a well-know neurosurgeon in Guwahati, said.
"But having said that, I am happy his biological son performed the funeral rites."

The Dadasaheb Phalke award winner has bequeathed a major portion of his properties and assets to long time companion Lajmi, giving her sole credit for the rise in his career graph.

"Kalpana Lajmi is my business partner since 1977 and she took the entire and whole responsibility for my tremendous career rise and prior to her joining me I was penniless and had only Rs.35 in hand," the will read.

"She (Kalpana) has looked after me sincerely and carefully since 1977 during my illness by supporting me financially and with emotional and moral support and in distressed condition, mentally depressed condition, which no one else has done."
There is no formal confirmation about the two having got married. There is an age gap of about 28 years between the two.

Among the movable and immovable assets bequeathed to Lajmi are film and television companies, bank accounts and personal company accounts, investments, cash, gold, jewellery and properties in both India and the rest of the world.

"I could not have emerged unscathed from my distressed and bad times without the sincere help and cooperation of Kalpana Lajmi and as such after my death she will be the sole owner of both my movable and immovable properties as well as those which will be purchased in future," Hazarika's will read.

"I hereby revoke all the wills, codicils and other testamentary disposition made by me hereto and declare this to be my last will and testament."

The will, however, also mentions some joint properties shared among his brothers and sisters, besides some assets willed to New York-based Punnag Tej Hazarika, his 60-year-old son from his estranged wife Priyamvada Patel Hazarika now settled in Canada.

The internationally acclaimed singer, lyricist, filmmaker and one of India's best-known balladeers had composed soulful music for films like "Rudaali", "Saaz" and "Gajagamini".