Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lubna Marium honoured with Bhupen Hazarika solidarity award

Eminent researcher-dancer Lubna Marium has been honoured with the first Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award 2013 in Assam, India.

 Asam Sahitya Sabha, India’s one of the pioneering literary and socio-cultural organisations, conferred the award to Marium at a glittering function held on Thursday at Rabindra Bhawan.

Assam chief minister Shri Tarun Gogoi was the chief guest of the programme presided over by Shri Imran Shah, a distinguished writer and also the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

The award consists a citation, a trophy, a traditional Assamese soraai and token money of Rs two lakh.
Asam Sahitya Sabha has instituted the award in association with Numaligarh Refinery Limited, an enterprise of the Indian government.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika was an icon musician of Assam and his death has orphaned the greater Assamese nationality. A former President of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Hazarika was the key person to pave the way for Assam’s music to the national and international level.

Asam Sahitya Sabha has decided to honour Dr Hazarika with the title ‘Bishwaratna’ and also to introduce ‘Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award’ once in every two years.

Sharing her response after getting the honour, Lubna Marium in a written statement told New Age, ‘I am truly overwhelmed.  But, also feel that now we must all make more efforts to build bridges.’
‘It has been a humbling experience.  There was so much love and respect showered on me because of ASS and Bhupen Hazarika, but total confusion about why ASS had chosen a Bangladeshi woman for an award which means so much to them.  The truth is that Assam does not know Bangladesh at all,’ she added.
Marium further said, ‘The other interesting fact is that the “Indian” rhetoric is almost missing in Assam.  At times I forgot that I was in India.’

‘Not very surprisingly, Assamese culture, language, food is almost exactly like ours.  People are so loving and affectionate, just like in Bangladesh,’ she added.
Source : , 29 March 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Work on Bhupen memorial begins

GUWAHATI: The construction work for a grand memorial in memory of BhupenHazarika has finally began at the cremation site of the singer situated on the Gauhati University campus.

The state cultural affairs directorate has recently completed demarcation of around five bighas of land at the cremation site, which will give momentum to the
plans of constructing the memorial. Simultaneously, the state public works department (PWD) has also started construction of the entry gate to the site.

"The directorate of cultural affairs, Assam, wants to develop the cremation site of Bhupen Hazarika as a permanent memorial. We have demarcated the area around the cremation site which was very necessary to execute the plan. Gauhati University has also given a considerable plot of land for developing the memorial," said Madhurima Barua Sen, director of cultural affairs, Assam. Click here to read the full story 
Source : The Times of India , 22 March 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kalpana Lajmi to direct bio-pic on her Love Story with Bhupen Hazarika

Mahesh Bhatt, the grand-master of creative cannibalization who has written and directed celebrated films like ‘Arth’ and ‘Zakham’ based on his own life, is all set to write another bio-pic, this one based on the passionate 40-year old relationship between legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

‘Entitled Dhumuha: The Storm’ the film to be produced by Pooja Bhatt, would be written jointly by Kalpana and Mahesh Bhatt while Kalpana would direct the film.

Says Kalpana emotionally, “It is Bhatt Saab and my homage to a man whom we both consider to be a true son of India. Bhupenda is beyond a legend. In Assam every leaf that stirs in the trees hums his melodies. He has an all-pervasive impact on our traditional sounds. We will endeavour to put his stormy life and music in one film. A tough task! I hope I am up to it. Bhatt Saab certainly is.”

This bio-pic on one of India’s looming musical legends comes at a time when Anurag Basu’s proposed bio-pic on Kishore Kumar with Ranbir Kapoor in the title role is poised to take wings.
Kalpana says the saga of Bhupen Hazarika is very far from removed from Kishore Kumar’s. “Both were legends in their own right. But Bhupenda worked within a different discipline . His music was not restricted to cinema.”

How much of her life with Bhupenda would Kalpana be willing to reveal in Dhumuha: The Storm?
According to Mahesh Bhatt, “It would be Kalpana’s and my effort to pay homage to Bhupen Hazarika. We will look for new talented face to play the role of the enigmatic Bhupen. But first we would excavate from Kalpana’s heart her storehouse of memories of her passionate relationship with Bhupen. It would be her untold story. The story of a girl who worshipped the man and the musician she fell in love with.”

While Mahesh Bhatt would be the co-writer and creative head on the project, Santosh Sivan with whom Kalpana worked earlier in Rudaali and Darmiyaan would be doing the cinematography.
The big question is, who would play Bhupen Hazarika and Kalpana Lajmi in this bio-pic?

Says Kalpana, “The hunt has begun. It’s tough to find a face a talent to play Bhupenda. As for me, I don’t know who can play me. Vidya Balan, perhaps?”

Interestingly Kalpana would be approaching two back-to-back bio-pics. After the one on her life with Bhupen Hazarika she would write and direct a bio-pic on the slain actress Priya Rajvansh’s 40-year relationship with filmmaker Chetan Anand. The Priya-Chetan bio-pic would be produced by Shanu Mehra, the late actor Janki Dass’s son who was close  to Priya and Chetan.
Source : Subhash K Jha | Mar 12, 2013 ,

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bhupenda’s Pickled bamboo shoot in recipe book – The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style!

Nearly 50 leading names from the world of Bollywood, fashion and music have shared their kitchen secrets in a book on how to keep their celebrity status intact by incorporating a delicious healthy vegan diet with no cholesterol.

Pickled bamboo shoot, a delicacy from Assam and a favourite of late singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, also finds a place in the book. His long-time companion Kalpana Lajmi also has a recipe to offer - Mango Curry. 
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