Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bhupen Hazarika's nomadic character led his separation from his wife

Late musical icon Bhupen Hazarika's decision to move out of his native state Assam in the late 1950s proved to be career-defining point, his close associate Kamal Kataki says. 

"With just Rs 35 in his pocket, he landed at Kolkata to begin a new independent life with a strong determination not to work under anybody in future. Resigning from Gauhati University and leaving Guwahati became a turning point in his life," writes Kataki along with Devajit Bhuyan in "Bhupen Da: The Bard of Brahmaputra". 

Kataki, who played guitar with Hazarika, has written the book, published by Spectrum, as a personal tribute to the legend, whose first death anniversary falls today. 

He touches various aspects of Hazarika's life in prhis early days, his struggle, his association with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and greats like Balraj Sahni, Hemanga Biswas, M F Husain, Hemant Kumar, Uttam Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. 

The authors have dedicated separate chapters on the romantic as well as the nomadic life of the Dada Saheb Phalke winner. 

Hazarika married a beautiful Gujarati woman Priyamvada Patel, who hailed from the family of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. He was romantically linked with several women, including a lady from Shillong.
"He believed romance was a form of art. Anybody can portrait his romance in the form of a painting, sculpture, song or poem... His passion for romance was sometimes so deep that he did not bother about the outside world," the book says. 

According to the writers, the romantic and nomadic character of Hazarika led to his separation from his wife.
Source: The Indian Express , Nov 05, 2012