Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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'.