Thursday, December 25, 2014


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Source : Sadin , 07 Nov 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Source : 09 Nov 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Source : Sadin 17 Oct 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adoor to be honoured with Bhupen Hazarika International award

Dadasaheb Phalke award winning filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be conferred the prestigious 'Biswaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award' for 2015.

Gopalakrishnan would be the second recipient of the award, instituted by Assam's premier literary organisation Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) in 2013, after Bangladesh's eminent researcher-danseuse Lubna Marium.

Gopalakrishnan, also a Padma Vibhushan awardee, has been selected for the award by a committee of eminent personalities for his all-round contribution to the field of filmmaking, ASS Vice-President Parmananda Rajbongshi said here today. Read More ....business-standard.com

Assam renews plea for Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika on 3rd death anniversary

Even as Assam paid rich tributes to Bhupen Hazarika on his third death anniversary today, the Assam government renewed its plea for a Bharat Ratna to the legendary singer, musician, poet and filmmaker, with chief minister Tarun Gogoi saying a fresh proposal has been sent to the Centre in this regard.
 
“Bhupen Hazarika deserved a Bharat Ratna long ago. We have been pressing the Centre for conferring the highest award on him for several years. We have sent a fresh proposal again,” Chief Minister Gogoi said during a function at the site where Hazarika was cremated three years ago. The Assam State Assembly had earlier passed a resolution twice requesting the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna on him. Hazarika was conferred the Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 2012.
          
Gogoi however could not satisfy Hazarika’s fans and admirers on why the construction of a befitting memorial to the most well-known Assamese had not taken off despite several deadlines. The state government, which had earmarked Rs 10 crore for the Hazarika memorial in early 2013 had set November 2014 as the deadline for completion of the memorial. In reality, however not even five per cent work has been completed. Read More indianexpress.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Flashback : Front page of some of the Newspaper , November 2011

Click the image for bigger view , scroll down to see more , there are total 86 photograph

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Source : Sadin , 17Oct 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Competition on Bhupendra Sangeet

 GUWAHATI, Oct 28 – Mandakranta Sangeet Kanan, a cultural educational institute of the city, will celebrate the third death anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika on November 2 at the District Library auditorium by organising a music competition on Bhupendra Sangeet.
 
Any song (lyrics/composition) by Dr Hazarika may be performed by the participants. There is no age limit on competitors and music hands to the performer will be provided by the organizer, informed Dr RN Khaund, vice president of the organising committee.

Eight winners of the competition will be awarded certificate, trophy and books written by Dr Hazarika. Interested participants may contact the office of the Mandakranta Sangeet Kanan in front of the Rajdhani Masjid, Dispur.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 29 Oct 2014

Jajabor: A tribute to Bhupenda, A tribute to life

"Jajabor: A tribute to Bhupenda,A tribute to life" is an initiative by The Assam Association Mumbai to celebrate and popularize the works of beloved Bhupen Da through a cultural showcase of his brilliant creations. The event shall be held at the prestigious TATA Theatre of NCPA on 4th November, 2014 to mark his 3rd death anniversary. The cultural program will try to live and relive few moments of happiness and sadness in memory of the legend who still remains in our hearts.
 
For details click here

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Source : Sadin 05 Sep 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play Bhupen Hazarika?

Kalpana Lajmi has apparently approached Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play music legend Bhupen Hazarika. Sources say that the actor and director have already had a few meetings. The actor is said to be currently reading the script while Kalpana Lajmi is working on the film’s screenplay .
 
It may be also pointed out that there have been reports about Pooja Bhatt playing Lajmi in the film. But Lajmi, when contacted, denied signing on Pooja. “We have finalised Sharbani Mukherjee as the actress and she will be playing my character whereas I have approached Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play Bhupen Da,” she said.
 
Lajmi reiterated that she holds the film’s story very close to her heart. “I needed someone who would understand the nuances of the story. I have met Nawazuddin a few times regarding the project and I think he will do justice to the role. I am waiting for a nod from him. I have already finalised Sharbani,” she added.
 
The film will be shot in West Bengal, Bangladesh, Assam and New York. “In New York, Bhupenda met Paul Leroy Robeson, who inspired him to write songs that celebrate life. A major portion of the film will also be shot there,” Lajmi said.
 
She also revealed that they will remaster Bhupenda’s songs for the film. “For the background score, I want to rope in Debajyoti Mishra,” said Lajmi, who admitted that she was inspired to make this film after close friends Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt persuaded her to sit down and pen the legendary’s musician’s story.
 
Nawazuddin was unavailable for comment.
Source : mid-day.com
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bhupen Hazarika Orkut community


Remembering the Bhupen Hazarika Orkut community & its members , the most popular & active community on Bhupenda . Only fond memories now !! Goodbye Orkut ..

Source: Sadin 19 Sep 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Editorial of Amar Pratinidhi by Bhupen Hazarika , September 1968 issue




***Originally posted on 07/10/2008 , reposting again on the occasion of Durga Puja  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delhi Sabha unit recalls contributions of Bhupenda

GUWAHATI, Sept 12 – The 88th birth anniversary of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika was observed with great enthusiasm on September 6 in New Delhi under the auspices of the Delhi Branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, a press release received here stated.
 
In a meeting held at the Shreemanta Sankardev Bhawan under the presidentship of the Sabha president Dr Malaya Khaund, all those who gathered on the occasion paid floral tribute before the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
 
The function began with the singing of Siro Senehi Mur Bhasha Jononi. Hiranya Kumar Das, general secretary of the Delhi branch of Assam Sahitya Sabha, while explaining the purpose of the meeting, spoke at length about the multi-faceted genius of Bhupenda and mentioned about the various national-level awards received by him.
 
A number of speakers recalled with gratitude the world-renowned bard’s sterling contribution to Assamese culture and the Indian music world. All of them passionately expressed the hope that Bhupenda would be remembered by his people for centuries and his life and works would inspire generations to come.
 
Rendering of songs and recitation of Dr Hazarika’s compositions were a special feature of the function. Those who participated include Priya Thakuria, Mallika Sarma, Sarat Borkakoti, Rim Pathak, Manik Das, Chidananda Das, Trishna Borkakoti, Chitralekha Dutta, Pratima Thakuria and others.
 
Every one present joined in singing Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s evergreen number Manuhe Manuhor Baabe, Sagor Songomot and Bistirno Parore.
The meeting also remembered with reverence Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami, who was the founder president of the Delhi branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, which was established on December 25, 1995 with the blessings of the then president of Asam Sahitya Sabha and noted writer, late Hitesh Deka.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks followed by rendering of 0’ Mur Apunar Desh
Source : The Assam Tribune , 13 Sep 2014

Statue of Sudhakantha unveiled at Nalbari

NALBARI, Sept 9 – A life- size statue of Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika was unveiled at the Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika Children’s Park at Nalbari town here on Monday.
 
Coinciding with the birth anniversary of the legendary balladeer, the statue was unveiled by the MLA of Nalbari LAC, Jayanta Malla Baruah at a function held at the park premises. The statue was erected by the Nalbari Municipal Board with an amount of Rs 8 lakh from the MLAs Local Area Development Fund.

Earlier, artist Shyam Sundar Jalan lit the ceremonial lamp before the statue of Dr Hazarika. The inaugural function was presided over by Ratnakar Baruah, chairman of the Nalbari Municipal Board. The cultural programme held on the occasion was inaugurated by Shyam Sundar Dutta, a senior artist.
Source : The Assam Tribune , Sep 10, 2014

Bhupenda’s 88th birthday celebrated

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 – Hailed as modern Assam’s first mass communicator, music maestro’s Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s 88th birth anniversary was celebrated at the Centre for Mass Communication & Journalism (CMCJ) under Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), Cotton College, on Monday.
 
The welcome address was delivered by Co-ordinator (Administration), Dr Abhijit Bardoloi. In his address, he stated that the Centre would celebrate ‘Bhupenda’s birthday as ‘Mass Communication Day’ every year. He also announced the renaming of the Centre as ‘Dr Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Mass Communication & Journalism’ (BCMJ).
 
The renamed Centre was inaugurated by Bhupen da's contemporary and friend Amal Chandra Hazarika (Bhaimon Hazarika). Also present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor of Cotton College State University (CCSU), Dr Dhrubajyoti Saikia, founder Co-ordinator of CMCJ, Dr Satyendra Kumar Choudhury, Principal of Cotton College-cum-Chief Coordinator of the Centre, Dr Nirada Devi, and Vice Principal Dr Subrata Sharma, among others.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 11 Sep 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New owner reluctant to part with Bhupenda’s house

 KOLKATA, Sept 9 – The new owner of Assam’s cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s house at ‘77 Golf Course Road, Tollygunge’ here is reluctant to part with the house for a greater cause of preserving the maestro’s ‘heritage house’, where he composed most of his immortal songs in the sixties and seventies of the last century.
 
In a telephonic conversation with this correspondent on Dr Hazarika’s 88th birth anniversary on Monday, SK Dange, a businessman based in the Dalhousie locality of the city here, who has business interests related to tea and fertilisers in the Barak Valley and who admitted to buying Dr Hazarika’s house seven years back, said that he was not interested in parting with the house as his own sentiments were involved with the house.

“Why should I give away my house just because your (Assamese people’s) sentiments are associated with it. This is the first property I have bought in Kolkata, so I am sentimentally attached to this property. Why don’t you take over the Mumbai house of Dr Hazarika from Kalpana Lajmi. First you take that house in Mumbai, then come for this!” he said agitatedly.
 
This correspondent then pointed out to Dange that the Kolkata Golf Course Road residence of Dr Hazarika was like a ‘mandir’ to the people of Assam who respected Dr Hazarika as ‘God’. This residence was the hub of Dr Hazarika’s cultural activities. His immortal songs were composed here, he made films and gave music from here and he wrote his journalistic writings from this humble abode. Cultural stalwarts like Lata Mangeshkar, Hemango Biswas, Hemanta Mukherjee, Mrinal Sen, Ritwick Ghatok, Dev Anand, Gulzar have all visited this famous address in Kolkata.

“I understand your sentiment for your property Mr Dange. I am not speaking for my personal interest. You please come to Guwahati and see how the people of Assam respect and worship Dr Hazarika. People respect him in Assam just as the Bengalee people respect Guruji Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal. You shall then definitely change your views about the house. We want this house to be a place of heritage and pilgrimage for the Assamese people,” this correspondent said to Dange.
Dange at the end of the conversation appeared to have softened a bit. He said he would meet this correspondent during his visit to Guwahati. In fact, he said that he was discussing the house issue with a friend in Silchar. This correspondent repeatedly asked Dange to consider the issue in the light of the ‘greater cause’ involved with the house.

From this correspondent’s talk with Dange, it appeared that he is a reasonable person and if approached properly should respond positively. The Assam government should depute a team to study the pros and cons involved with the issue (as the house has now become private property) and how they should go ahead. Of course, the Assam government has to first decide whether it wants to preserve Dr Hazarika’s house in Kolkata or not. If the Government can preserve Rasaraj Bezbarua’s house in Sambalpur in Orissa after all these years, it can surely do the same for another great son of Assam, Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

When this correspondent visited the house with the members of the Kolkata Asomiya Sanskritik Sanstha on Sunday, it was in an abandoned state. Creepers were growing on the door. There was dirt and dust all around. The old letter box still had the name ‘Dr Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika’. Neighbours said that the house was lying in disuse. Only a part of the two-storeyed house belonged to Dr Hazarika. Himanshu Chattopadhyay, former editor of Bengali Prasad magazine, Mintoo Mukherjee, former personal assistant of Dr Hazarika, Atul Kumar Bharali, president, Kolkata Asomiya Sanskritik Sanstha and Gautam Prasad Barooah, whom we met here all strongly appealed for preservation of the house and hoped that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would take the initiative in preserving Dr Hazarika’s Golf Course Road house in Kolkata.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 10 Sep 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dr Bhupen Hazarika remembered

GUWAHATI, Sept 8 – The State today remembered its most beloved music icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 88th birth anniversary. The occasion was marked by homage-paying ceremonies and cultural functions.
 
The State Government observed the occasion under the aegis of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra. Cultural Affairs Minister Pranati Phukan said that the Bhupen Hazarika Memorial at Jalukbari would be completed by November next year (2015). She added that an amount of Rs 2 crore had been released for the purpose and that funds would not be a constraint.
 
The city too had its fair share of the maestro’s birth anniversary celebrations, with various organizations observing the occasion in a befitting manner. The funeral site of Dr Hazarika at Jalukbari was visited by people in large numbers since the morning hours to pay their respects to the maestro. Among those who visited the site was Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also announced that the Bhupen Hazarika memorial would be completed within 2015.
 
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)-organized function at Dighalipukhuripar drew crowds in large numbers in the evening, as 37 young singers representing various colleges and universities mesmerized the audience with their soulful rendering of the legend’s numbers. Earlier, tributes were paid to Dr Hazarika’s statue in the morning. The day was also observed at the Nizarapar residence of Dr Hazarika.
 
“Through this programme commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, we want to pay homage to the maestro besides promoting his invaluable creations among the young generation,” AASU general secretary Tapan Gogoi said.
 
The Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust, in association with Sonapur College, celebrated the occasion – titled as ‘Xomonnoy Divas’ – at the college campus on September 7 and 8. On the concluding day today, a statue of Dr Hazarika was unveiled by eminent artiste Lou Majaw. Earlier in the day, a cultural procession, ‘xomonnoy’ (integration) meeting, felicitation to mountaineers, and cultural functions were held.
 
The Students’ Federation of India, Kamrup City Committee organized a street play titled Moi Kon at Gauhati University and Cotton College State University besides Handique Girls’ College, B Borooah College, Arya Vidyapith College, Guwahati College and Narengi Anchalik Mahavidyalay. The play was based on issues concerning education and unemployment.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 09 Sep 2014

City of Joy remembers Dr Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Sept 12 – The Kolkata Assamese Cultural Association organised a cultural evening titled Era Bator Sur...' in Assamese and Bengali to commemorate the 88th birth anniversary of the maestro in association with the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, a press release received here stated.
 
The evening started with an address by the president of the Association, Atul Kumar Bharali, where he mentioned about some memorable times related to Dr Hazarika’s stay in Kolkata. Chandan Das, Principal of the Government College of Art & Craft talked about the importance of Bhupen Hazarika’s creations regarding Bengal, humanity and universal brotherhood.

The guests of the evening were Himangshu Chattopadhyay, senior journalist and author of Bhupen Hazarika’s Bengali version of the biography and Gautam Prasad Baroowa, an economist and a long-time associate of Dr Hazarika. He played an important character in Hazarika’s radio play Era Bator Sur and talked about his close relation with him.

This was followed by some humorous anecdotes by Ratul Bezbaruah and recitation of the bard’s poetry by Kamal Sarma. Creative dance on Dr Hazarika’s songs were performed by Chandralim Phukan, and a group dance by Dr Gitanjali Goswami, Orihona Ojah Hatkhowa, Sikha Bhattacharya and Juthika Bora Baruch and members of Padmini Dance Acacerny.

Emon Choudhury, who shared much of his childhood with the legend, narrated some of his stories. Some of Dr Hazarika’s soulful creations were rendered by Tarpan Phukan, Manashree Maitree, Raj Kishan Das, Unmona Parasar, Kashmiri Kotoky Choudhury and Neelabhra Pratim Borah.

The legendary balladeer, it may be recalled, lived a part of his ‘gypsy’ life in Bengal too. His music, like in any part of the country, mesmerized the people of Bengal too. In the 60s and 70s, during his stay in Kolkata, he was a much talked about personality of the Bengal music industry.

In the meantime, the Association has resolved to celebrate the occasion on a much broader perspective in the days ahead, mentioned general secretary Anuj Gogoi.
Source : The Assam Tribune , 13 Sep 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Birthday Tweet from Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha)

Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha)
Remembering music maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika on his Birth Anniversary. His melodies will remain in our hearts forever.​

Birthday Tweet from Alka Yagnik FC (@AngelYagnik)

Alka Yagnik FC (@AngelYagnik)
Remembering Dr. Bhupen Hazarika on his birth anniversary! A beautiful song composed by him sung by @thealkayagnik m.youtube.com/watch?v=31fcdT…

Bhupen Hazarika: ‘Culture is a way of life, a vision’

Rini Barman reminisces about Assamese bard Bhupen Hazarika, who strove to keep Assam’s pluralistic identity alive, vs the politics of cultural appropriation that paints him as a ‘national treasure’ for obvious reasons.

Rini Barman  6th Sep 2014Source sunday-guardian.com

I find the phrase "national treasure" to be a bit of a back-handed compliment for artists. When an artist's body of work is preserved only to suit nationalistic understandings (often restricted to a certain class of society), there is a tendency to overlook the subterranean contexts of his or her work. One such case is that of the late singer, poet, filmmaker, activist and composer Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
 
The constitution of a "national" identity lies at the crux of much of the havoc witnessed by the people of the Northeast of India. This is especially true for the population along forests, river banks, tea gardens and so on, who had to "assimilate or die" in a compulsory social homogenisation through the Census (which again had the backing of the ruling classes). But Hazarika was a man truly ahead of his times. He believed that Assam was one colourful gamusa ("A handwoven piece of silk cotton cloth, generally adorned with patterns and motifs along the borders") with multiple threads and colours binding themselves together.
 
His music draws from the melody and melancholy of those very people who weave these strands, in all its diversity. The identity of being Assamese was never exclusive. In Bhupen-da's songs, a repertoire that spanned folk, modern and historical traditions, fusion occurred spontaneously, like the meeting of rivers. Sung in many languages and often containing dialects and words of the marginalised sections of society, his uplifting lyrics are an embodiment of the happy heterogeneity that unites people in Assam and the states of the Northeast. His politics were not nationalistic essentialism, for he was aware and scornful of the divisive politics of the nation-state.
 
The Mishings, the tea tribes, the Bodos, Tiwas and Khasis had perhaps loved Bhupen-da most of all. One of his great contributions was bringing their words and their songs to a cultural set-up that was hierarchical and believed in the binary of "us and them". Bulu O' Mishing Dekaati, a song retelling the tragic love story of Jonkey and Paanei (based on Rajani Kanta Bordoloi's Miri Jeeyori) brings to light how petty social fractures (both within the Mishing community and in antagonism to the Assamese people) were responsible for marking an end to the young couple's future. Hazarika urges Disang youngsters of that time to look at the waters of Disang uniting in the Luit as an example of peace and co-existence in nature. He He He Dhole Dogore is another case in point. Based on a Khasi folk tale (lok gatha), this song seeks points of cultural intersection between Meghalaya and Assam. It skilfully elevates the flute of a Khasi farmer to Krishna's flute in Hindu mythology, equalising the commoners with the ruling class. Similarly, the golden threads of Muga silk of Assam that make up the beautiful Khasi female attire Jainsem find themselves alive in these lyrics.
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The identity of being Assamese was never exclusive. In Bhupen-da’s songs, fusion occurred spontaneously, like the meeting of rivers.

Influenced by American civil rights activist and singer Paul Robeson early in his career, his leftist ideas led him to the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). With respect to literary craft he was attached to Jyoti Prasad Agarwala and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, both of whose compositions were rich in revolutionary ideas. Today, he is revered for carrying their legacy forth beyond the Northeast as well.
Nabina Das, author of the recent short-story collection House of the Twining Roses, comments on her love for Hazarika's songs. "The famous Dola, Hey Dola is an anthem for progressive writers, activists, students all over India. For me, particularly, Bhupen-da's lesser known Bangla songs such as Aaj jibon khunje paabi are unique in that they marry Bangla lyrics to the Assamese "Bihu-xuriya", complete with the pepa (horn pipe) tune and effusive claps of the hands."
 
Das reminded me of the forgotten songs of the tea garden tribes. The romances of Jhumur dancers are immortalised in Bhupen-da's songs. Shameli, Loshmi, Sompa and many other women in his songs spoke directly to their lovers and the society in general; even this was radical for its time. Axom Dekhor Baagicare, Jigi Jagi Jau and Jonokpuror Janokiye all throw light on the lives of the hardworking tea garden community; their hopes, disappointments and their irrevocable determination to continue the celebration that is life. As they left their homes and settled in Assam, they also dance to the tunes of Husori, Bihu, Borgeet and Bagrumba. According to Bhupen Da, who explored their part of the story in the making of Assamese identity, they would love to be called "Assamese".
 
"A united world may be a myth, but not the desire for it" elucidated Nabina further, "Especially as a world traveller in his songs, Bhupen Hazarika stands out as a peoples' poet and singer. If one looks at songs like Aji Idor Majhlisot (today, in this Eid gathering) or Romjanore Roja Gol (Ramzan's fast is over), Hazarika's oeuvre acquires a special dimension. Addressing subcontinental minority traditions for him is not a ritual, but a seamless part of his music subtext. Similarly, Hindi movie compositions and much older songs of his are notable for their freshness."

"Aji Eid majhlisote ekeloge bohise
Aji Eid majhlisote Rahim Chacau bohise
Aji Eid majhlisote Fatema Pehiyu bohise...
Insaaniyat loi mehfilot aamiyu bohusun"
Today in this Eid gathering, they have all come together
Today in this Eid gathering Uncle Rahim too has come
Today in this Eid gathering Aunt Fatema too has come
Let us all gather with humanity, in today's mehfil
 
Sung along with Mohd Rafi, Jasho Bora, Meera Singh and others, this song blends Persian/Arabic elements into the Assamese language, much like the ghazals he had composed, a very famous one being Shamma Thakile Zaroor Zaroor. Aji Eid Majhlisot was featured in a film called Lotighoti in 1966.
 
Today, in honour of his compositions, Tezpur University in Assam funds a Bhupen Hazarika fellowship awarded for full-time research on performing arts of the region, ethnicity and indigenous cultures. Some of his other lesser known-works are his attempts to revive the Debodaxi (Devadasi) dance of Assam, his contribution in consolidating the identity of Goalpora people and Muslims through Lokageet (folk songs) and his work on Azan Fakir's Zikirs (a form of devotional song).
For three years now on every 8 September, I feel the restlessness of Kans grasses ("Kohua Bon") and imagine how Bhupen-da would have reacted to the current atrocities committed against some of the communities he championed. He had, after all, realised this danger many years back when he sang "Manuhe manohor baabe, jodihe okonu nabhabe, bhabibo kunenu kua?", a rather prosaic translation of which would be, "If we don't look out for each other, who will?"
 
I am blessed to have heard from Bhupen-da himself, many years ago in school, "Just as language cannot be defined merely by some syllables...culture doesn't only comprise of songs, dances and moral dictums... culture is a way of life, a vision... (Sanskriti eti jibon drishti)".
 

Bhupen’s son Tez says bard deserves Bharat Ratna

GUWAHATI: On the eve of Bhupen Hazarika's 88th birth anniversary, his son Tez Hazarika said his father's works and legacy of unity and harmony are not just for the state's people, but for the entire world and the bard deserves a Bharat Ratna.

Tez is working on a project to translate his father's work and songs into English.

As the state gears up to celebrate Hazarika's birth anniversary on September 8, his New York-based son urges his father's fans to celebrate life and humanity and resolve to work towards freeing India of the problems plaguing it.
Tez said, "Regarding the debate whether Bhupenda should have been nominated for Bharat Ratna, I have no idea how such decisions are made. However, his works are in favour of unity among the citizens of the country."

"It would be a deserving and a meaningful recognition of his efforts if he is awarded the highest civilian award," he added.

Hazarika's nomination for the award has been a raging debate for many years now. He was conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, in 2012. There was a clamour in the state, cutting across party lines, regarding the award as many believed he deserved the Bharat Ratna.

Last year on his father's birth anniversary, Tez had released 'Demystifying Dr Bhupen Hazarika: Envisioning Education for India' in New York. The book was based on Hazarika's thesis while pursuing his studies in Colombia University more than 60 years ago.

"On the occasion of my father's birthday, I plan to spend some time in working on the new project, while listening to his songs," said Hazarika.

Before carving a name in the field of music, Hazarika had spent some time in the United States in the early 50s for his academic pursuit and his thesis was titled 'Proposal for Propagating India's Basic Educator to Use Audio Visual Techniques in Adult Education'.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Source : Purbachal , 07 Sep 2014

Source : Purbachal , 07 Sep 2014

Happy Birthday Bhupenda


video

It’s Bhupenda’s birthday today (8th September ), so we are celebrating this momentous event , as a tribute today prepared this slideshow with some of my favorite photographs collected from different sources available in internet .
Total length of the video : 19:32 Minutes
Number of Photograph used : 362
Number of song clip used : 15

Download :If you like the show , can download High Resolution PC excecutable version by clicking here

Note : This video was originally posted on 29 Aug 2010, reposting again.

Mosaic Poster of Bhupen Hazarika with zoomify view

Please wait few second to load the Photograph . This 20 inch x 22 inch portrait poster contains 11,525 small(60pix x 60pix) photograph of Bhupen Hazarika .

If you like this , can download it ( in Jpeg format ) by clicking here .
File details :
Size : 39.1mb
Width : 20.4 inch ,
Height : 22.6 in
Number of total cells : 11526
Resolution : 300 pix/inch

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Source : Sadin , 15 Aug 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bard of Paradise

Tea veteran ROBIN BORTHAKUR narrates lively anecdotes with music maestro Bhupen Hazarika

Renowned English poet, playwright and critic T S Eliot, who had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1914, thought that “April is the cruelest month”. But, for people of Assam and many others elsewhere in India, November, and to be precise November 2011, was the cruelest month. The month robbed them of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, perhaps one of the greatest Assamese ever born, and eminent writer and Jnanpith awardee novelist Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

Shakespeare had said that this world is a stage where all men and women are merely players. They have their entrances and exits. But Bhupen Hazarika played his role so well that none of his countless admirers could ever dream of his exit. He dwells and will continue to dwell in their hearts perhaps as long as they are alive.

Now that he is no more, many fond memories come flooding back from that cloudland of the past.

It was a reception at the Tollygunge Club, Calcutta. The occasion was the wedding of the son of Ashish Kumar (Babloo) Choudhuri, former general manager of a major tea company. When the chairman of the group, Surendra Paul, fell to assassins’ bullets on April 9, 1990 in Upper Assam, Babloo Choudhuri was sitting next to him and consequently, had received several bullets in his body. One of the bullets is still delicately lodged in his spine. He had a providential escape with his life.

The gathering was huge with guests from both India and abroad. Liveried waiters with trays of drinks and sikkins were crisscrossing through the crowd as politely as possible even as soft music wafted across the vast lawn of the club. I suddenly noticed an ebullient huddle in one corner, standing in the middle of which was Hemen Barooah, a tea magnate and a boyhood friend of Bhupen Hazarika. He is an excellent conversationalist and wit is indeed the very soul of whatever he speaks. A great connoisseur of music and art, Barooah had persuaded his friend to cut two LP discs on the matchless lyrics of Parvati Prasad Baruva which became a landmark of Assamese music.

When the crowd around him thinned, I approached and greeted him. By way of conversation, I enquired about Thengal, his house in Calcutta, named after his ancestral estate near Jorhat. He immediately invited me to visit Thengal the next evening and said, “Bhupen (Hazarika) will be there at about eight. You will like it.” I promptly accepted the invitation.

The next evening when I, along with a friend of mine, alighted in front of his gate at Hastings Park Road, our eyes were dazzled by the decor of the place with a red carpet rolled out right up to the gate. As we stepped into the front porch of the impressive building wondering what the occasion might be, we were politely received by a liveried attendant who ushered us into a spacious living room adorned with priceless objects of art. Seated inside was a congregation of poets, painters and of course planters, including veteran R K Baruah, formerly of the Budlabeta Tea Company in those koi hai days and wife Thunu Baideu, daughter of famous tea planter, the late Heramba Prasad Barua of Jorhat. There was a whiff of delicate perfume lingering in the air and the congregation comprising both ladies and gentlemen was engrossed in a lively discussion. When I asked Hemenda, as we fondly call him, as to what the occasion was, he said with a disarming smile that it was just for us.

While I was talking to poet Gautam Prasad Barooah about his latest anthology of poems, at 8:30 pm sharp the door opened and everyone stood up to greet the legend – Bhupen Hazarika. He was fresh out of a shower, in immaculate kurta-pyjama, his trademark black cap firmly in place. His face was aglow with his winsome smile as he returned the greetings and settled down comfortably on a sofa.

Since the evening had started with poetry, I recited a poem in Bengali about Assam: “Ekhaney aamar swapner moto sattaar saathey jorano chharano ek desh/aami bhalobashi taar bonoraji neel paribesh…” and quizzed the audience as to who the poet was. Only one could answer – Amalendu Guha. The poet was my teacher, a renowned historian and poet. Bhupenda, as all of us call him, was inspired. He got up, went inside and brought back a book of poems that he had recently written. We eagerly asked him to recite his poems. He agreed but on condition that he would not sing that day.

Thereafter, he started reciting his poems in his rich baritone, which held the audience spellbound. I think it is the same anthology which is now in the process of being published posthumously. There were feeble requests for singing from some which he firmly turned down.

Thereafter, Hemen Barooah took the guests to his gallery to see the original paintings of Jamini Roy, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne, M F Hussain, Satish Gujral, Manjit Bawa et al and also scores of vintage photographs on every landing of the stairs. We indeed had a feast for our eyes. At the end of the excursion, I looked up at Bhupenda and asked him if he remembered that interesting story of a painting at Tezpur. Sometime ago, Dr Lakshmi Goswami of Tezpur had bought an abstract painting. But she could not hang it on the wall since she could not make out as to which side was up and which was down. Several people, including artists examined the painting, but nobody was able to find a solution. Then one day, Bhupenda came to her place. So, she asked him as well to solve her problem.

Bhupenda took just one look, and hung it on the wall the right way. Asked how he could make out which side was up, he said in a typical Sherlock Holmes style, “Elementary, dear Deep (pet name of Dr Goswami). There is an obscure signature on it and that side must be the bottom!”


After a sumptuous dinner with choicest drinks, most of the guests left. A few of us withdrew into an anteroom along with Bhupenda for coffee and cognac. I settled for a liquor. There was another request to Bhupenda to sing, but he turned it down again. Then being desperate, one of our planter friends, whose voice was absolutely discordant, to say the least, started singing or to be precise, started a caricature of one of the best compositions of Bhupen Hazarika. Bhupenda could not hold his temper any longer and asked our friend to shut up and started singing in his golden voice. We were all overjoyed. One song followed another and his mellifluous voice choked with emotion brought heaven down to earth. I involuntarily verbalized those famous words of the Persian poet Firdausi –

“Agar Firdaus bor ruey zamin ast
Hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto!”
If there is a paradise on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this! ''

In the wee hours of the morning I returned to the hotel with a joy in my heart the like of which I never experienced before.
Source : thethumbprintmag.com , June 1 , 2012

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bhupen Hazarika's Glimpses of the Misty East to be telecast from 8 August at 6 pm on DD Bharati

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan will telecast some exclusive programmes aimed at familiarising people with the art and culture of the north eastern states.

The programmes on DD Bharati will capture culture, history and introduce viewers to the ‘Seven Sisters’. The scheduled programmes have been picked up to bring out the essence of these states which have an enigmatic attraction during the monsoon...............
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Expedite work on Dr Hazarika’s memorial: CM

GUWAHATI, Aug 1 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed the Cultural Affairs Department to expedite construction of the memorial of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Jalukbari.
According to a press release, the Chief Minister instructed the Department to start the work on the memorial without any further delay. “Work on the prestigious project must start at once. There should not be any further delay,” he said.
 
It may be mentioned that the State Government has earmarked Rs 10 crore for construction of the memorial.


Source : Asomiya Pratidin , 03 Aug 2014

Aasu accuses govt of dragging feet on memorial for Hazarika

GUWAHATI: All Assam Students' Union (Aasu) staged a sit-in near the cremation site of cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika on the premises of Gauhati University (GU) on Thursday.

Aasu accused the government of delay in construction of a memorial in honour of the maestro who was cremated on the GU premises in 2011.

"We have heard a lot of promises from the government regarding construction of a grand memorial where Bhupenda was cremated. But the memorial is yet to come up," said Razmil Ali, president of All Guwahati Student's Union
 
He said if the state government does not expedite construction of the memorial on GU premises, where Hazarika was once a faculty member, Aasu will launch more agitations in the coming days.

"Bhupenda's memorial should be a grand one, but that does not justify the inordinate delay. We demand that the state government allot more funds for the construction of the memorial in the ensuing budget session from August 4," Ali added.

Sources in the state public works department, however, said it would definitely complete the memorial by December next year.

"Construction of the boundary walls for the memorial has started. The memorial will come up in an area measuring about six bighas of land around the cremation site. We are hopeful that the memorial would be completed this year. But, as an auditorium, archive and other buidlings are coming up at the cremation ground, it will take a few more months to complete the entire project," said a PWD official.

He added that construction agencies are also eager to complete the project at the earliest, but as the memorial would have to be a grand one, the government is taking its time in planning the structure in a proper and organized manner. The bidding process is also taking time, he added .

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bhupen Hazarika in Unki Nazar Unka Shahar

A biopic on Bhupen Hazarika, the legend and the man who was a celebrated lyricist, singer and composer. Born in Sadiya, a small village in Tinsukia district to parents with an artistic bent, he soon found himself singing and writing lyrics at a tender age. His talent spread soon far and wide where he even got an opportunity to record his first set of songs when he was in school. He got the Youngest Artist of HMV award for these songs which initiated him to an illuminating career ahead.

He faced many trials and tribulations in the years when he was establishing his career, but after landing in Mumbai, he mesmerised the world with his talent and repertoire which was marked by humanity and universal brotherhood, a true signature of Hazarika which shot him to fame.

Bhupen Hazarika left this world on November 5, 2011 leaving behind a glowing legacy, countless admirers and a voice which will be always remembered & cherished.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Source : Sadin , 25 July 2014

Bhupen Hazarika Firingoti Award to Dilip Kumar Dutta and Manoranjan Bordoloi

Instituted by Bhupen Hazarika Foundation, the 2014 inaugural Bhupen Hazarika Firingoti Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to writer Dr. Dilip Kumar Dutta for his contributions towards preserving and promoting Assamese culture as well as his works on Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. The award was given away at the Bollywood Musical Night, a tribute ceremony for Manna Dey, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Jagjit Singh on July 11th in Edison, New Jersey.

Dr. Dutta, a former professor of Mathematics in the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA, has written more than 15 Assamese books, which include Dr Bhupen Hazarikar Geet aru Jeevan Rath, Subhadinar Nirghanta, Mane Mur Kaina Bichare, Miss Gauhati, Premat Parilo Neki, Bishnu Prasadar Prasad among others. As a researcher, preserver and promoter of Assamese culture, he has a rare collection of songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Bishnu Prasad Rabha and many other eminent artistes of Assam.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Source : Sadin , 18 July 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Scene from the movie Sakuntala - 1961

Source : Asambani , 11 July 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bhupen Hazarika in Assamese Comics





Source : Rongmon , December 2011

Aditi as Kalpana?

Kalpana Lajmi wants her to play the female lead in the Bhupen Hazarika biopic, which is not being produced by Pooja Bhatt anymore

If all goes well, Aditi Rao Hydari will play Kalpana Lajmi in a biopic she is making on singer, composer and her partner Bhupen Hazarika. "I met Aditi for lunch in Pali Village and she is reading the script. I'm looking for a girl who can pass off as a 17- year-old, which was how old I was when I met Bhupenda.

He was 40 then," says Kalpana. It's been eight years since her last film, Chingaari. She is determined to get the biopic rolling soon. "I owe this to Bhupenda who did so much for me," she asserts. However, her co-producer, Pooja Bhatt, has backed out.

"Her father, Mahesh Bhatt, told me that they wouldn't like to take up my film for now. I know Pooja is busy with the Saraansh remake and has signed a three-film deal with T-Series. Maybe T-Series wants masala movies and mine is too serious for them," she reasons.

However, Prosenjit Chatterjee who is playing Hazarika has taken on the onus of getting funds for the film. Says Kalpana, "Prosenjit has a distinct cinematic vision."
 
Source : Punemirror.in