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.
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

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

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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