Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Source : Asomiya Pratidin , 27/09/2015

Bhupen Hazarika with Anju Devi

Source : Nandini , Sep 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Source : Sadin , 23/05/2015 

Dr Hazarika’s statue unveiled at Tezpur

TEZPUR, Dec 16 - Noted playwright Padmashree Ratan Thiyam unveiled a statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, which was fabricated by Kolkata-based sculptor Gautam Pal, at the soon-to-be opened Bhupen Hazarika Kalabhumi in the Tezpur Museum complex, here today. 

Addressing a huge gathering, Thiyam said, “Bhupenda’s songs and music will always have echoes in our hearts. Through his music, he revealed his inner voice against the evils afflicting the society.” 

It may be mentioned here that the statue was built with the contributions from his fans and disciples under the aegis of the Tezpur Environment Society. 

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were noted journalist and writer from Nagaland Dr Ngully Charles Chesi, ex-vice president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha Taren Boro, general secretary of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Bidyut Bikash Senapoti, vice president of the Tiwa Sahitya Sabha Sarat Chandra Pator, litterateur Dr Nityananda Gogoi, noted theatre personality Sukrasarjya Rabha, retired Prof of Rhode Island University (USA) Dilip Kr Dutta, Dr Caroline R Marak from Meghalaya and HoD, Department of History, Pcchunga University Dr JV Hluna.

 Dr Chesi said that Bhupen Hazarika was a universal figure. As a symbol of love towards Bhupen Hazarika, whom Nagas always accepted as their icon, Chesi also gifted two special items related to Naga culture to Kalabhumi authority. 

Prominent Arunachali litterateur Yeshe Dorje Thongshi released a souvenir Pustika, published in connection with the event by Prof Dr Pranjit Hazarika.

Photograph Source : Amar Asom , 17-12-2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Source : Adinor Sombad , 27/09/2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Source : Dainik Asam , 31/10/2015

Diwali celebration- Nijoraparot Bhupenda in 2010

Photo source : Asomiya Pratidin , 5th Nov 2010

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Source : Asom Bani , 15-08-2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CM opens Dr Hazarika’s samadhikshetra

GUWAHATI, Nov 5: Music lovers, young and old alike, rose to the occasion as millions paid homage to legendary singer-composer Dr Bhupen Hazarika across the length and breadth of the State on his fourth death anniversary today.

Activities marking the occasion started early this morning and continued till late night with people, irrespective of caste, creed and status, thronging venues decked up for the occasion in all the districts.

In Guwahati, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Samadhikshetra (memorial) located at Jalukbari and also unveiled the specially designed life-size statue of the maestro, inside the campus.

The Asam Sahitya Sabha also organised ‘Samanwayor Divas’ in the Gauhati University playground this morning to commemorate the death anniversary of the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’ where more than 10,000 singers who converged from across the State sang Jilikabo Luitore Paar in unison – one of the immortal creations by the music maestro.  

Speaking at the function organised in the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Memorial campus, Gogoi offered his tributes to Dr Hazarika, stating that it is through the life and works of the legendary musician that the Assamese society could be promoted in the world milieu.

“For the Assamese society, Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s works will fetch what Rabindranath Tagore’s works did for the Bengali society. We would take all necessary steps to preserve and promote the legend’s work across the globe as they reflect the mindset of our society,” Gogoi said.    

“Dr Bhupen Hazarika was more than just a musician. He was a humanist, a progressive thinker and a revolutionary leader. Both Brahmaputra and Bhupen Hazarika will remain the lifeline of the Assamese society,” Gogoi opined.

The Chief Minister while addressing the gathering announced that the State Government would allocate Rs 10 crore to preserve and promote Dr Hazarika’s work across the country.

“I have spoken to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal so that a statue of Dr Hazarika could be installed in the capital. There are also plans involving Columbia University from where Bhupen-‘da’ received his doctorate degree,” Gogoi said.

He assured that the memorial would be further developed with additions of an archive and a museum so that it can emerge as a preferred destination for those who desire to know about the life and works of Dr Hazarika.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by noted singer and sister of Dr Hazarika, Sudakshina Sarma, Cultural Affairs Minister Bismita Gogoi, PWD Minister Ajanta Neog, Irrigation Minister Chandan Sarkar and Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Mridul Hazarika, besides a host of other noted personalities and family members of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.  

The All Assam Students’ Union too observed the occasion in the customary fashion at Dighalipukhuripaar and people from various walks of life gathered to pay floral tributes to the legend.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bhupen Hazarika’s songs on Liberation War to be translated into several Indian and foreign languages

“I had been to Dhaka a few times. I know how popular my father was in Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh have a lot of respect for the jajabor (wanderer),” Tez Hazarika, son of Bhupen Hazarika, told
Tez recalled his father’s emotional relationship with Bangladesh.
“I had received the award conferred to my father by the government of Bangladesh for his exemplary works on the Liberation War,” said Tez.
The bard’s songs continue to be the source of inspiration for millions of Bangladeshis.
"Manush manusher jonno (humans are for humanity)" became the second most loved song after Bangladesh’s national anthem, "Amar sonar Bangla (my golden country).”
His song on Bangladesh’s freedom struggle, “Joy joy nabajata Bangladesh (Victory to the newborn Bangladesh)", inspired the mukti joddhas (freedom fighters).
After the death of his father, Tez founded the Bhupen Hazarika Foundation (BHF).
BHF plans to translate Hazarika’s compositions into all Indian languages.
“I want to spread my father’s works across the globe,” said Tez, an independent publisher based in America.
Tez was in New Delhi to attend the legendary singer’s 4th death anniversary.
“So long as the mighty Brahmaputra keeps flowing, Bhupenda’s songs and tunes will reverberate across the valley and will continue to act as a source of inspiration,” said BHF Secretary Dipanka Hazarika.
Echoing the view, Director of the National Book Trust Dr Rita Choudhury said that the music maestro’s works would continue to inspire not only the people of Assam but the entire north-eastern states.
“I spent the golden period of my life at Chowkham, NEFA (Now Arunachal Pradesh). But I heard the maestro’s songs during those days which spread the message of universal brotherhood and unity among all the communities of northeast India,” said Choudhury.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Source : Asomiya Pratidin , 18-04-2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Dr Hazarika’s birth anniversary celebrations in State

GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - Cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s songs reverberated in every corner of the State today on the occasion of the maestro’s 89th birth anniversary, which was celebrated with great enthusiasm across Assam.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paid homage to Dr Hazarika at his Samadhisthal at Jalukbari here this morning along with Minister for Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi.

Later, Gogoi also announced an allocation of Rs 50 lakh for constructing an auditorium in the name of Dr Hazarika at Boko and Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of Dr Hazarika’s companion and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

“Dr Bhupen Hazarika was a humanist and his cultural endeavours were the embodiment of Assamese culture, heritage and beliefs. We all must follow his footsteps to establish peace, harmony and unity in the society,” said Gogoi while speaking on the occasion.

He further stated that the Samadhisthal has been designed to preserve his memories and inspire the coming generation.

Later, in a central inaugural programme of open stages along with gardens in 198 Block development areas of Assam at Bandapara of Boko, Gogoi said that the Government of Assam would ensure every step to preserve the memories of the Sudhakantha.

“He touched the heart of every Assamese irrespective of caste, community, religion or language. His life would continue to inspire the generations to come,” Gogoi said, adding that after Srimanta Sankardev and Madhabdev, Dr Bhupen Hazarika was the most popular personality of Assam. The Chief Minister also announced that the State government would offer financial help to 1,000 artistes who need help due to illness or some other reasons.

State Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Rakibul Hussain, while speaking on the occasion said that the project of open stages along with garden in the block areas was started on November 5, 2014 and within one year, the stages have been inaugurated.

Samar Hazarika, brother of Dr Bhupen Hazarika lauded the efforts of the State government to encourage the local artistes of the State.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rich tributes paid to Dr Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - The All Assam Students’ Union paid tributes to Dr Bhupen Hazarika on the occasion of his 89th birthday with a cultural programme titled Uddipana, at Dighalipukhuripar today.
Uddipana, the annual event of the student body, features the best singers from colleges and universities across the State, who remember the cultural icon by presenting his immortal songs.
Earlier, AASU president (in-charge) Pradip Das, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya inaugurated the programme and paid tribute to Dr Hazarika at Dighalipukhuripar.
The programme continued at the site throughout the day. The student leaders also visited the Bhupen Hazarika Samannay Khetra at Jalukbari to pay homage to the maestro.
Our Jorabat Correspondent adds: Hundreds of school and college students paid tribute to Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Sonapur today on the occasion of the maestro’s 89th birthday.
The programme was organised by the Inter Dimoria Regional Students’ Union, a unit of the AASU, near the statue of the legendary singer. The statue was installed and inaugurated by famous singer from Meghalaya Lou Majaw on this day last year.
Many socially concious citizens of Dimoria gathered beside Dr Hazarika’s statue at Sonapur to pay tribute to him.
“His songs make us feel as if he is alive among us even today,” said social activist of the area and former student leader Anil Baishya.
Dimoria AASU president Jayanta Kalita, after paying tribute to the maestro, said, “Dr Hazarika may not be present among us today physically, but by his songs, social activities, by his works of struggle for the Assamese language and the Assamese community, he will always be present in our heart and soul. It is the need of the hour that our present and future generations keep his teachings alive by following in his footsteps an taking him as their idol.”
Songs of the maestro were played on the occasion, making the people present in the area nostalgic.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bhupen Hazarika interview in Vividh Bharati programme titled "Meri Sangeet Yatra"

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Biopic on Bhupen Hazarika is complex yet fantastic: Prem Soni

Director Prem Soni, who is making a biopic on the legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika, says the film is complex, complicated and fantastic.
The film chronicles the love story of late Hazarika and his companion for 40 years, Kalpana Lajmi. Names of actors like Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh have cropped up for the lead but Prem has rubbished such rumours.
 “We have not thought of any actors. Till the time I don’t finish the final draft of the script it wouldn’t be right to name any actors for the biopic,” Prem told PTI.
“We will go for an established actor as the canvas of the film is huge. It is a complex, complicated and fantastic film,” Prem who had last directed Preity Zinta’s debut production, “Ishkq In Paris” said.
Lajmi is actively working on the script with Prem.
“The scripting is still on. Kalpanaji is actively part of this project. She is an important part of this film. Without her support I don’t think I can make this film as it is her story,” Prem said.
 “It is a crucial film. He is a legend to make a film on him is difficult and challenging,” he said. If all goes well, then the film should go on the floors by this year end. 
Source : ,29 July 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Directive on memorial of Dr Hazarika

GUWAHATI, July 28 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the PWD and Cultural Affairs Departments to execute the construction of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Kshetra on a war footing and complete the memorial of the State’s cultural icon before November 5. The Chief Minister’s directive came at a meeting to review the progress of the construction work of the memorial at his official residence at Khanapara here on Monday evening.
An official release stated that the review meeting was held as a part of the series of steps he has undertaken to complete the construction of the Samadhi Kshetra before November this year. In the meeting, the Chief Minister also took stock of different parts of the memorial that will add sanctity and glitz to the whole project.
Gogoi also asked the concerned functionaries to take necessary steps so that the Samadhi Kshetra reflects the essence of the immortal creations of the music maestro. He asked the implementing department for adequate steps to make arrangement for playing the maestro’s musical numbers in the Samadhi Kshetra.
Minister for Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi, Minister of Water Resources Basanta Das, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Commissioner and Secretary Dr Ravi Kota, Commissioner and Secretary Cultural Affairs Department Preetom Saikia, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Prof Mridul Hazarika, Editor-in-Chief, Dainik Agradoot Kanak Sen Deka along with other dignitaries were present at the meeting. Source : The Assam Tribune , 28 July 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Unfortunate I couldn’t make Bhupen Hazarika biopic: Pooja Bhatt

Actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt says she was very keen on producing the biopic of legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika but had to back out as she felt she would not be able to do justice to the story.
The untitled film chronicles the love story of Hazarika and his wife Kalpana Lajmi. Lajmi, a filmmaker herself, has written the story.
“I was very keen to make a film on Bhupen Hazarika. Kalpana Lajmi said she wants to make a film. I was riveted because their love story was so complex. When I read Kalpana’s first draft, I wept. I wanted to make a film on him because he was a legend, his music and his voice, the man he was, the complexities of him,” Pooja said on the sidelines of Jagran Film Festival.
“But unfortunately there were no takers. I felt I could not do justice to the film. I told Kalpana that I will not be able to do justice to his story with the limited resources that I have. That’s unfortunately how it ended,” she added. To read the full story Click here

Young Bhupen Hazarika with Phani Sarma ,Bishnu Rabha & Jyoti Prasad Agarwala

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bhupen Hazarika’s wife dies in Canada

Priyabada Patel Hazarika, widow of the legendary Bupen Hazarika passed away in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday, reports quoting family sources said. She was 88 and survived by her only son Tez Bhupen Hazarika.
Priyabada Patel Hazarika, widow of the legendary Bupen Hazarika passed away in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday (June 3), reports quoting family sources said. She was 88 and survived by her only son Tez Bhupen Hazarika.
Married to Hazarika when the latter was doing his PhD in Mass Communication in the Columbia University, US, way back in 1950, Priyambada belonged to a Gujarati family who had business interests in Kenya. She however had moved away after having lived with him for more than a decade, assisting Bhupen Hazarika in several of his early films and had also acted in “Era Bator Sur”, a film that Hazarika had made in 1956. Priyam, as she was popularly known, was also dance director of that film.
While she had all along lived in Canada after having left Hazarika in the early-1960s, Priyam however had come to Assam a year after the music legend passed away in November 2012.
Source : The Indian Express

Bhupen Hazarika with wife Proyambada

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Source : Dainik Janambhumi , 05-06-2015