Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo exhibition on life of Bhupen Hazarika

Guwahati: Assam Photo Journalists’ Association (APJA) in association with Oil India Ltd. is organizing a five day long photo exhibition “Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in Images” to pay homage to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the famous iconic artiste and musician from the Northeast India who died in November last year.

Throughout his life, Dr. Hazarika was seen in different fields playing variegated roles which included a legislator, a writer, composer, singer, director, producer or a father or a friend and many others but above all an excellent human being. All these aspects of his life have been captured by various photographers at different times and places.

The contributions from the public will be displayed with full credits to the photographer or the person giving the photographs for this exhibition. The last date for submitting the photographs is May 2 next . The photographs should be limited to his life span only.

The photographs can be emailed to giving details about the photograph and the details of the photographer including contact number etc.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tez Hazarika to preserve Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s creations

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The Canada-based son of the music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika pulls up his sleeves to own his father’s evergreen assets. These include the epoch-making films and songs along with the touching literary works of his father. This was what Tez told Prime News on Saturday. He is keen to get a glimpse of his father’s evergreen films Era Bator Hur, Chameli Mem Sab and others wherein his father’s baritone voice took the people by storm. 

A group of renowned people has come forward to help Tez Hazarika get his father’s works. They include noted cultural activist Jayanta Sarma who has handed over Tez a magazine his father edited during his days in Benaras Hindu University in 1945. This is apart from a few original songs the legendary music maestro. 

Tez said that he would preserve his father’s works with the help of state-of-the-art technology in Canada. Tez Hazarika’s efforts to take away his father’s works assumes significance at a time when Dr Hazarika’s long time partner Kalpana Lajmi also pledged to preserve the epoch-making songs and films of the Dada Saheb Phalke award wining film maker and Asom Ratna.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Remembering Hazarika's timeless music

Paying tribute to the late legendary singer, band members of Roots captivated everyone with their songs

India lost Bhupen Hazarika, one of her most well-respected singers in November 2011.

The vacuum is unlikely to get filled anytime soon. Also known as the ‘Son of Assam’ he was a lyricist, composer, singer, performing artist, music director, film director, poet, writer, editor, political performer, commentator, social activist and an intellectual - all rolled into one. Hazarika belonged to humanity and his songs reflect his moods which have been written and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. Read More

Lawyer’s Book Stall completes 70 years

 The Assam Tribune , 17 April 2012
GUWAHATI, April 16 – Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia University Najeeb Jung today released a new book on Dr Bhupen Hazarika entitled ‘Ancient Wing’, written by Nripen Dutta Baruah on the occasion of the completion of 70 years of the city’s landmark bookshop Lawyer’s Book Stall at Rabindra Bhawan this evening. Jung, who delivered a talk on ‘Government, Governance and Sensitivity’, on the occasion, decried the prevailing politics of caste and creed in the country even 60 years after the nation’s independence. He called for an education system in the country which laid greater stress on moulding the youth in the true spirit of human values and to be sensitive to people and problems of the society. Noted litterateur Atulananda Goswami paid glowing tributes to the founder of Lawyer’s late Bichitra Narayan Dutta Baruah and said that the bookshop over the years was patronised by leading intellectuals like Hem Barua, Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya, among others. The function presided over by Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University was also addressed by Tez Hazarika and Nripen Dutta Baruah. Earlier, Bhaskar Dutta Baruah welcomed the gathering.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hazarika comes alive on Bihu

GUWAHATI: On the first Bihu without the physical presence of Bhupen Hazarika this year, revelers tried to fill the void with impersonation of the maestro's powerful baritone by singers at various tolis in the city. Several Bihu committees in the city organized tribute programmes for the hundreds of revellers thirsting for the doyen's songs. Guwhati Bihu Sanmilani, at the historic Latasil ground, managed to recreate some of Hazarika's magic with singers doing a wonderful job of bringing the maestro's ballads to life accompanied by dhol, peppas, gogona and other traditional instruments. The event was at once nostalgic and emotional as revelers couldn't help but miss Hazarika's physical presence on Bihu, which was hitherto incomplete without the legend's inimitable zing and chutzpah, he always infused the festival with. Read More .......

Bhupen Hazarika calendar released

Source : Assamiya Khabor , 16 April 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Assam to pay rich tributes to Bhupen Hazarika Friday, April 13, 2012

Guwahati: Assam will pay rich tributes to legendary singer and music maestro Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of Rongali Bihu festival.

Most of the Bihutolis (fields where Bihu functions are held) have decided to pay tribute to the legendary singer remembering his contribution to all round development of Assam, particularly in the field of music, culture and literature.

The late music maestro, who passed away in November last year, had stopped singing at public functions a few years back due to old age, but he made it a point to travel back to the people of Assam during Rongali Bihu every year.

Bihu, a week-long festival that celebrates the onset of spring season, starts from the 13th day of April.

"We are organizing special programmes in our Bihutoli to honour the doyen of Assamese music, besides paying tribute to him," said B. Sarma, a member of the Latasil Bihu Sanmiloni - the oldest Bihu Sanmiloni of Guwahati.

The Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmiloni, another important Bihu celebration committee in Guwahati, has also decided to dedicate the celebrations this time to Bhupen Hazarika and litterateur Indira Goswami, who also passed away a few months back.

Besides, most of the singers and performs across the state have also decided to pay their tribute to the music maestro this time. While some are already rehearsing the golden lyrics of Hazarika for performance in functions across the state, some organizers of the Bihu functions have named their stages after the music maestro. Some of the organizers, on the other hand, have decided to dedicate the cultural evenings on the name of the balladeer.

Six leading singers and admirers of the maestro have formed a musical hexagon - Sur Sandhan - to pay tribute to the maestro through songs scripted on his life. The six veteran singers include Smita Bhattacharya, Malobika Bora, Manisha Hazarika, Debojit Choudhury, Bipul Baruah and J.P. Das.

"This initiative is to commemorate the contributions of the bard and balladeer in various fields of Assamese society," said Manisha Hazarika, who is leading hexagon.

The group will perform at various places of the state. Their performance will comprise 12 songs which will take about two hours. The 12 songs are based on different phases of Bhupen Hazarika`s life.

"Every aspect of the life of the maestro will be covered in the programme through 12 songs," said Kirti Kamal Bhuyan, who has composed the songs.

Hundreds of Bihu functions are being organized across the state to celebrate the Rongali Bihu festival. In Guwahati, there are more than 50 Bihu Sanmilans.

Amar Asom , 11 April 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012