Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kalpana Lajmi under attack from Hazarika Jr

Ever since Bhupen-da passed away, his son Tej has been questioning the filmmaker's place in his late father's life and allegedly insinuating she has been misusing his name

Since the demise of Assamese musical legend Bhupen Hazarika, his companion of over 30 years Kalpana Lajmi has been under attack from the late maestro's son Tej Hazarika. Tej has been questioning Lajmi's place in his father's life and allegedly insinuating she has been misusing his name and funds.

 Without mincing words, Lajmi told TOI, "Tej has not only made veiled and direct accusations against me but also against all eminent members of the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust that was formed by Bhupen himself ten years ago."

Thefilmmakeraddedwryly,"Sixty three year old Tej lives in New York. Bhupen hadn't seen his estranged son since childhood. It's a tragedy that a great soul like Bhupen never got any love or support from his only son during his lifetime. And now after his death, the very same son makes blasphemous accusations thatreekofgreed,therebytarnishing his greatly revered father's legendary stature."

To add to Lajmi's woes, a new biography on the legendary musician titled Undying Maestro by Syed Zarir Husain lays bare the conflict between his family and the filmmaker. It even hints Lajmi tampered with Hazarika's will to her own advantage. Regretting that the ongoing battle between Tej and her should be part of what she calls a coffee table book, Lajmi said, "I suppose all authors have the right to self-expression. I am glad the so-called battle is out in the public domain. Let Bhupen's fans and admirers decide who is right and who is wrong."

Shruggingoffallegationsmadein the biography that she manipulated Hazarika's will, Lajmi simply said, "The matter is being probed in the Guwahati court. Let the law decide." Unruffled, Lajmi will continue to pursue her dream of immortalising her mentor's work.

"The Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust will continue its endeavour. I will continue to urge the Assam government to build a Samadhi and a museum in his memory. Those who genuinely care for Bhupen's name and reputation should work toward furthering his cause rather than indulging in petty squabbles,"said the filmmaker.

Attempts to reach Tej failed.