Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bhupen Hazarika - Friends of freedom honoured by Bangladesh

বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতাযুদ্ধে অবদানের জন্য সম্মানিত হয়ে তাঁরা গর্বিত। এ উপলক্ষ এটাও জানার সুযোগ করে দিয়েছে যে, কতজন কতভাবে বাংলাদেশের জন্মলাভে সহায়তা করেছিলেন। এই আনন্দের ক্ষণে তাঁদের প্রার্থনা—সমৃদ্ধ হোক এ দেশের ভবিষ্যৎ। জয় হোক বাংলার।
মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধে বন্ধু হয়ে হাত বাড়িয়ে দেওয়া বিদেশিদের এই কৃতজ্ঞতা প্রকাশ ও শুভকামনার মধ্য দিয়ে গতকাল মঙ্গলবার অনুষ্ঠিত হয়েছে ‘মুক্তিযুদ্ধের সম্মাননা’ ও ‘মুক্তিযুদ্ধ মৈত্রী সম্মাননা’ প্রদান অনুষ্ঠান।
রাজধানীর বঙ্গবন্ধু আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মেলন কেন্দ্রে আয়োজিত এ অনুষ্ঠানে রাষ্ট্রপতি মো. জিল্লুর রহমান ও প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা একাত্তরের কঠিন সময়ে বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতাযুদ্ধে প্রেরণা দেওয়ার জন্য জাতির পক্ষ থেকে বিদেশি বন্ধুদের প্রতি কৃতজ্ঞতা প্রকাশ করেছেন। প্রধানমন্ত্রী বলেন, ‘আমরা শুধু তাঁদের সম্মাননাই দিচ্ছি না, সেই সঙ্গে নিজেরাও সম্মানিত হচ্ছি।’ Real more ......

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

AIR Shillong pays tributes to Bhupen Hazarika

Source : The Assam Tribune , 27 March 2011

SHILLONG, March 26 – All India Radio, Shillong along with North Eastern Service of AIR held a musical soiree to let the audience re-invent the taste of songs penned, composed and sung by late Dr Bhupen Hazarika here on Saturday last, a Press release said.

Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary attended the occasion as chief guest. Addressing the audience, Mooshahary recalled Dr Bhupen Hazarika as a musician of the soil, each of his composition had a message towards humanity and brotherhood.

Terming him an extra ordinary musician of our time, the Governor said, “Dr Hazarika’s compositions were deeply ingrained with the real flavour of nature as well”. His songs depicting the might and generosity of the Brahmaputra will always teach us to protect the nature God.

Keynote address was delivered by Dr Helen Giri, Padma shree awardee in the field of art and culture and top artist of AIR, Shillong. She reminisced her close association with the late singer and recalled the moment when during his tenure as the Chairman of Sangeet Natak Academy, Dr Hazarika tried to set precedent for introducing innovative methods for prosperity of music as a whole.

Dr Hazarika was very close to the children and never lost any chance to show his affection towards them. Station Director of AIR Shillong Nariman Shadap welcomed the gathering. The U Soso Tham Auditorium with a capacity of 800 plus, was filled to full.

Music lovers from all over the city and a few from Assam as well attended the programme. Noted Assamese singer Dr Anima Choudhury, an A grade artist of AIR presented the song ‘Asom amar rupohi’. Samar Hazarika, younger brother of late Bhupen Hazrika performed the ever popular Assamese number ‘Manuhe manuhor babe’… followed by the song ingrained deep in the psyche of Shillongites ‘Shillongore Monalisa Lyngdoh’. Anju Devi and Pulak Bannerjee also presented several popular songs of late Hazarika.She assured that the RBI would make efforts to re-visit the area in order to promote banking facilities. Hundreds of villagers, panchayat leaders and bank officers from various banking institutes took part in the programme.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dr Hazarika honoured with Padma Vibhushan

NEW DELHI, March 22 – Noted composer, singer and author Dr Bhupen Hazarika was posthumously honoured with Padma Vibhushan Award. His son Tez Hazarika received the award at the Civil Investiture Ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here this afternoon.

Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s son flew down from US to receive the Award on behalf of the family. Dressed in traditional kurta and pajamas, Hazarika received the award from President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. In the audience was Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh his Cabinet colleagues, chairperson of UPA, Sonia Gandhi.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Story Behind Niyorore Phool

Source : Sadin online , 9 March , 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Slideshow : Bhupen Hazarika's final journey

The house Bhupen called home - Hazarika’s Calcutta address wallows in neglect, associates rue apathy

Source : DIPANJAN SINHA , The Telegraph , 8th March , 2012

Calcutta, March 7: A three-storey house with shut windows, worn colour and a locked collapsible gate breaks the urgency of life brimming on Golf Club Road in Calcutta.

The trappings are usual, of nostalgia in a steadily reshaping city. The history, though, is of a remarkable lapse amid the rush of memorials for Bhupen Hazarika, who called this place home for decades.

The abandoned house, once a haunt of the luminaries of Indian culture like Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey, now symbolises the collective amnesia of a city from where the bard was first known to the world.

Cultural icons here lament the bard’s demise and hope for measures to preserve his memory.

Singer Haimanti Shukla fondly remembers the time when she had performed with Hazarika to packed galleries and is disturbed by the apathy and ignorance of the people now.

“The present generation here is deprived of his wonderful work. I think it is unfair to them. Efforts have to be taken to revive his work, his memory and what he meant to Calcutta,” she said.

Hazarika’s relation with Bengal began in 1956, when a chord of sensitivities was split between the names in Assam and the US-returned artiste.

He moved into a flat in the house at 77B Golf Club Road in 1956, where he initially resided as a tenant and later bought the place in the Eighties.

His stay in Bengal witnessed his climb to fame. In the Sixties and Seventies, the area was identified as the bard’s residence.

A witness to the music and glory at close quarters was singer Manisha Hazarika, wife of late Jayanta Hazarika, Bhupen’s younger brother, who was born and raised here.

“The Sixties and Seventies were Bhupenda’s period of success here. It is during his stay in this city that he got international recognition. His songs were translated into Bengali and Manush manusher jonye was hummed everywhere from rallies to the famed Calcutta Coffee House,” she recalls.

“Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Hemanta Mukherjee and several other luminaries have visited this house. It was a centre of vigorous cultural activity. This was the time when he built a unique cultural bridge between Assam and Bengal,” Manisha said.

Other than the luminaries, Hazarika is fondly remembered by those who gained by their time spent with the maestro in this city.

Ankur Deka, who in the Eighties was pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Rabindra Bharati University, recalls visiting Bhupenda after classes or on Sundays and being welcomed with warmth.

“I still remember his bed on the floor, scattered papers, pens, a harmonium and a mini-keyboard in the room. Calcutta deserves to be remembered in conjunction with Bhupen just as much or more than Guwahati. He inspired me and many others like me to pursue music,” he said.

The relationship, though, ended abruptly. In the mid-Nineties, Hazarika left for Mumbai, never to return.

The pain of this detachment haunts many who were captivated by the enigma.

Shukla, too, has this one complaint against her Bhupenda. “It was a great time when we all performed together in front of packed crowds. The people of Calcutta loved his music. So many singers then sang to his tune. We had great respect for him and his unique sense of humour. But after he left for Mumbai he never came back. He almost abandoned Bengali music for some reason unknown to me,” she said.

An officer in Assam House here rued that Calcutta seemed reluctant to pay homage to the Bard of the Brahmaputra.

“Calcutta deserves Bhupenda no less than Guwahati. It is sad but hardly anyone is willing to take any initiative. If the Assam government comes forward to talk to its counterpart here, a lot can be done,” he said.

During Hazarika’s prolonged illness in Mumbai, the house changed hands. Since then, neighbours say the house has remained locked.

However, Mintu Mukherjee who was associated with Hazarika ever since he came to the city, has launched a crusade to save the house.

“A few years ago when Bhupenda was ill in Mumbai, I heard that the house had been sold. Then Kalpana Lajmi told me there is some dispute in transaction and the house has not yet been legally handed over. I have asked so many people if something can be done about Bhupenda’s flat here. Whenever I meet any minister from Assam I push for the cause,” he said.

Sunil Nath, the chief executive officer of the Bhupen Hazarika cultural trust, agrees that there has been a slip.

He, however, added that the trust has limited means and an initiative like this would require government intervention.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Compiler warm to Hazarika song remix

Guwahati, Feb. 10: The first compiler of Bhupen Hazarika’s works, Dilip Kumar Dutta, said remix cannot harm the legendary balladeer’s songs.
 
He said more care should be taken so that every new generation sings Hazarika’s songs rather than trying to frame tough rules on singing them.
 
Dutta, who retired as a professor of mathematics from Rhode Island University (US) in 2006, has painstakingly collected “99 per cent” of Hazarika’s songs.
“I do not think that remix can harm his (Bhupen Hazarika) songs. More care should be taken so that his songs are practised by more and more people, especially by the young generation, rather than trying to confine them in the name of maintaining sanctity. The young generations may make some mistakes while singing his songs but nobody should stop them from singing them. However, the original songs should be preserved and be played by institutions like the All India Radio,” Dutta told The Telegraph.
 
Credit for Dr Bhupen Hazarikar Geet aru Jiban Rath, the first compilation on Hazarika’s songs, goes to Dutta. It took almost 16 years for him to compile the work.
In the introduction to the book, Dutta says as a singer and lyricist, Hazarika can be compared to only Sankardev and Madhabdev, the two Vaishnavite saints of Assam.
Dutta said initially he started collecting and preserving Hazarika’s songs for his own sake but later started to do so on a larger scale.
 
“When I was outside the country decades ago, I used to hum his songs and wanted to listen to them. But, there was no computer, Internet and CDs in those days. Getting his songs was very tough. But I started collecting his songs. When I met Bhupenda in Guwahati I asked if somebody was preserving his songs. He said no and he gave me his consent to do it,” said Dutta.
 
“I have almost 99 per cent of Bhupenda’s songs in my collection. I have discussed with Bhupenda’s sisters about what can be done to protect and preserve these songs for posterity. I have also spoken to the All Assam Students Union about it,” said Dutta.
 
Dutta also has five of Hazarika’s paintings in his collection.
 
“I had once requested Bhupenda to paint the picture of a bride (the way he described one in a song) for the cover page of my book. He agreed. Handing me the painting, he said the bride on the painting was of mine and not his. He then explained that the bride on the painting looked angry, and, an angry bride cannot be Bhupen Hazarika’s!” he recalled.
 
After Hazarika’s demise, many people came forward to research his works.
“Several of them, including one from Shillong, have approached me seeking my advice to select research topics on Hazarika’s work,” he said.
 
Dutta said no systematic study has been done so far on the period-wise development of Hazarika’s songs which can be a good research subject.
Source : The Telegraph India , Fec 11,2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sudakshina Sarma and Bhupen Hazarika’s Trust speak out on recent controversy

Source : sentinelassam.com

GUWAHATI, Nov 28: Clearly upset by the recent controversy over the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust, the music maestro’s sister Sudakshina Sarma said in a press release, “Being one of the seniormost members of the family present, I feel Bhupenda neither can be confined within the family itself nor to any other institutions/zones. Because, he is the ‘voice of the people’. The recent controversy raised in the print as well as the visual media amongst the close aides blaming others and one another is regrettable and should cease immediately, otherwise we will be doing injustice to the memory and legacy of Bhupenda. One will have to come forward for the rightful cause of preserving and propagating Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s creations, memories, remains and philosophy by shedding one’s self-interest so that the future generation (s) is/are benefited towards their endeavour for truth. Everyone responsible from the masses at large must come forward by sharing and shouldering this massive/huge responsibility in revamp/reconstituting/reconstructing the Trust.”

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust said, “Considering the recent allegations made against the Trust, we have decided to urge the State Government to scrutinize all the financial transactions and dealings of the Trust since its inception. Also, if the recent controversy over the Trust has hurt anyone, we would like to apologize to the people of Assam for this. Bhupen Hazarika’s legacy is not anybody’s private property. We have requested that all property, movable and immovable, belonging to the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust should henceforth be maintained and managed by the Assam Government. In future we refuse to be dragged into any further controversy.”