Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Source : Asomiya Khabor , 13/05/2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bhupen Hazarika's live picture to unveil in London

It is not everyday people like Bhupen Hazarika is born - 85 years of meaningful existence has and continue to add significance in uploading the rich culture, tradition, flourishing in Assam for ages.The bard of Brahmaputra fell silent for eternity on November 05, 2011 ... Read More

Saturday, May 26, 2012

With son Tej Hazarika , daughters-in-law Candance and grandson Sage

Patnaik lauds Bhupen’s zeal

May 24: Assam governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik today asked Gauhati University to open a national-level institute in the name of Bhupen Hazarika to study and promote the maestro’s creations.

Patnaik delivered a lecture at a seminar organised by the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies (Guineis) on Dr Bhupen Hazarika: His Contribution to the Nation at the Phanidhar Datta Seminar Hall. The three-day seminar will conclude on Saturday.

“Please open a national-level institute in the name of Bhupen Hazarika,” Patnaik, also the chancellor of the university, said. Read more ...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Photograph : Mohammad Rafi

Three-day seminar on Bhupen Hazarika begins in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: A three-day national seminar on legendary musician late Bhupen Hazarika began here on Thursday at Gauhati University. The seminar is focusing on his humanitarian values and his contribution to society.

The national seminar, organized by the Institute of North Eastern Studies, Gauhati University was flagged off by the governor and chancellor of Gauhati University, JB Patnaik, who was also the chief guest on the first day of the seminar. Read More...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Photo Slideshow - Bhupen Hazarika

Total length of the video : 19:32 Minutes
Number of Photograph used : 362
Number of song clip used : 15

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bhupen seminar from May 24

Source: The Times of India , May 17 , 2012

GUWAHATI: The Institute of North East Studies, Gauhati University will organize a national seminar on the contribution of late Bhupen Hazarika to society on May 24.

The national seminar will focus not only on the talent of the doyen, but also on the profound effect he had on society. The seminar will have people from both academic and non-academic backgrounds participating in it. It will give the participants an opportunity to present their research papers on Hazarika, his work and his contribution towards society.

"We will be focusing on the humanitarian contribution of Hazarika towards society, art and culture and other social aspects. We have received a positive response from different parts of the country. Many people from various educational institutions of the country have submitted their papers; an academician from the College of Applied Art, Oman has also submitted a paper on Hazarika. The crux of the seminar will be the humanitarian contribution of Hazarika through his work," said Umesh Deka, director and coordinator of the Institute of North East Studies, Gauhati University.

The seminar will continue till May 26 and throughout the course of the seminar, there will be plenary, academic and interactive sessions, round table conferences and cultural events. Over 100 participants from the northeast and 200 from different parts of the country are expected to take part in the seminar.

"We have also sent an invitation to Kalpana Lajmi, family members of Hazarika, Aasu leaders and important persons related to culture. Governor JB Patnaik, chief minister Tarun Gogoi and theatre personality Ratna Ojha are expected to attend the seminar," added Deka.

A befitting tribute to Bhupen Hazarika

Source : The Hindu , May 18 ,2012

A bonanza awaits cinema lovers at the Capital's good old Shakuntalam Theatre which was closed for regular screening on April 1. The India Trade Promotion Organisation will host a week-long retrospective of the late Assamese film-maker and musician Bhupen Hazarika at the venue beginning May 18.

As a special gesture, ITPO, which drew flak for closing the theatre which was screening films at affordable rates since 1981, has decided not to charge any money from film buffs for watching these five special films in which Bhupen Hazarika had composed music. Instead, film connoisseurs would have to pay only the entry ticket of Rs.20 to enter the exhibition ground.

“There would be no ticket to watch these films. However, movie enthusiasts would have to buy entry tickets that would be available at Gate No.4 of Pragati Maidan. They would also get free parking facility,” said an ITPO employee.

ITPO has decided to host the retrospective on Bhupen Hazarika because he was synonymous with melodious music and writing lyrics on communal amity and universal justice. “He was acclaimed not only in Assam but was popular across the country. He had produced music in not only his mother tongue but also in other languages including Hindi,” said the employee.

This will be the first screening at Shakuntalam Theatre after the ITPO decided to stop regular screening of commercial cinema at the theatre, which opened in 1981. It wants to use the venue to host business conferences and seminars.

The feature films in Hindi and Assamese (sub-titled in English) will be – Abdul Majid's directed Assamese film Chameli Memsaab on May 18, Kalpana Lajmi's Hindi flick Ek Pal on May 19 and May 24, Kalpana Lajmi's Hindi movie Rudali on May 20 and 23, Jahnu Barua's directed Assamese film Aparoopa on May 21 and Rakesh Ranjan Kumar's Hindi film Gandhi to Hitler , which was released last year, on May 22.

In the coming months, the ITPO will host a retrospective of Rabindranath Tagore whose year-long 150{+t}{+h}birth anniversary is being celebrated across the country. “Keeping in mind that elaborate programmes are being organised to remember this multi-faceted personality as a poet, writer, painter, musician and philosopher, we are keen to host a retrospective on Tagore. Unfortunately, we are not getting prints for his films. Therefore, we are coordinating with the West Bengal Government for procuring films based on his life and times.”

A retrospective of the legendary actor Dev Anand, who died recently, was also on the cards but could not materialise. “We could not get the nod from his son, who holds the copyright. We will continue to host such festivals in which award-winning films or movies made or featuring famous personalities would be screened.”

Organised by ITPO in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the retrospective will have film screening daily at 6 p.m.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Angarag, Jublee get Bhupen Hazarika Bota

Source : The Assam Tribune , May 7 , 2012

GUWAHATI, May 6 – The Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika Bota (award)-2011 was formally presented to singers Jublee and Angarag Mahanta at a function on the concluding day of the Beltola Bohagi Utsav recently.

Both were honoured with a citation and Rs 2lakh each.

Veteran singer Sudakshina Sarma gave away the awards.

The Patmadoi contest which drew participation from top Bihu Ranis and Bihu Samragyee was won by Sangeeta Gogoi of Dhemaji. She received a citation, a trophy and Rs 2 lakh. Mousumi Bora was adjudged Bihu Rani who received a citation and Rs 1.21 lakh. The best Bihuwati award was bagged by Ena Das who received a citation and Rs 1 lakh.

The best Hussori team award was bagged by Rongmon Hussori Dol of Moran. It received a citation and Rs 1 lakh. The second best Hussori team award went to Ronghar Hussori Dol of Sivasagar which got a citation and Rs 51,000.

The Charu Gohain memorial award for the best local singer was won by Pompi Bora.

Guinness record holder athlete Abhijit Baruah was felicitated on the occasion with a citation and a one-time grant of Rs 1 lakh.

Zubeen Garg, Angarag Mahanta, Jublee, Bidyasagar, Priyanka Bharali, Bipin Chaodang and Rupa Mili enthralled the audience during the cultural functions of the four-day celebration.

Bhupenda goes unsung

Deepika Patar, Guwahati (May 5): Assam’s collective promise to keep alive the memory of balladeer Bhupen Hazarika may be fading. And very fast, it seems. The place which recorded footfalls by the tens of thousands not very long ago was virtually empty on Saturday, 6th months to the day since the death of Assam’s cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika.

At a solemn function organised to mark the six months of the balladeer’s death – at the very place he was cremated with full state honours and where a memorial is slated to be built – only a handful of people were present. “We had invited several senior artistes for today’s ritual but no one has bothered to attend the function. It has hurts us a lot,” said singer Manisha Hazarika, the sister-in-law of Bhupen Hazarika. Read More at sevensisterspost.com

Bhupenda Unsung!

Just after six months of departure of the cultural icon and balladeer of the Brahmaputra Dr Bhupen Hazarika to his heavenly abode, Sur Sandhani, a cultural group comprising senior singing artistes and the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust jointly organised a memorial programme including a Sarva Dharma Prarthana on Saturday at the cremation site of the legend in the Gauhati University campus at Jalukbari. As per reports, the memorial function turned out to be a very poor show with a thin attendance of only 150 people, where members and artistes of the two organisers too were missing. Shocking, as revealed by Bhupen Hazarika’s sister-in-law Manisha Hazarika, that all the younger brothers of Hazarika were conspicuous by their absence. So also the students of Gauhati University except a few representatives of the Aasu. Hazarika’s long-time companion in life, Kalpana Lajmi came from Mumbai to offer Teel Havan on Sunday in the tradition of the Saraswat Brahmins. Ultimately, it appeared that instead of a day of commemoration, it was observed as a day of six monthly rituals which is somewhat uncommon and uncustomary in this part of the country. Manisha Hazarika, on behalf of the organisers expressed sorrow and surprise at the behaviour of the same set of people who only six months ago at the Judges’ Field and at the cremation ground, incessantly for days and nights together, thronged in millions to pay last homage to “our own great Bhupenda”. So, the organisers have every reason to be hurt by the conduct of the cultural elite of the society; but at the same time the people too have the liberty to accept or decline an invitation either on the grounds of convenience or choice. Read more ........sevensisterspost.com

Archival gallery dedicated to Bhupen Hazarika inaugurated

GUWAHATI: On the occasion of Annual Archives Celebration Week on Monday, agriculture and horticulture minister Nilamani Sen Deka said the precious and valuable archives of the state haven't been utilized properly and that the government must go for digitization and computerization of the archives.

The minister was speaking at the Directorate of Archives where a special gallery dedicated to Bhupen Hazarika was also opened.The week-long celebration has been organized to create awareness among academicians, students, scholars, administrators and the general public about the importance of archival materials and take a peep into the past. The event will showcase about 50 items dating back to 1950.

"The remains of the past play an important role in future. It is really sad that the archives haven't been properly utilized. If anyone makes an attempt to write a book on historical significance of state politics, then the person concerned must consult the archives without which the work will have no meaning," said Deka. He added that writers can also do the same.

On the issue of computerization and digitization, the minister said the state must make an effort in this process and urged people to preserve the precious documents so that a cultural and scientific temperament could be ushered in society.

A special archival gallery dedicated to Bhupen Hazarika was also inaugurated at the directorate. Rare photographs of Hazarika's childhood days, letters written by him and addressed to him, books and other items have been put on display here. The gallery has a special section depicting the doyen's journey from childhood to his death. Kamal Kotoki, a long time close aide of Hazarika, said, "Through this initiative, people who have vague knowledge about him can find an opportunity to learn about him."

The Assam State Archives was established in 1980 and has valuable records dating back to more than 100 years.

Source : The Times of India , May 7 ,2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Source : Asomiya Khabor 22/04/2012