Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thongchi bags Bhupen Hazarika Award

GUWAHATI, June 15 - Eminent litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh, Yeshe Dorje Thongchi has been chosen for Sarhad’s Bhupen Hazarika Award 2017.
The award will be conferred on Thongchi – who writes in Assamese – at a function to be held in Jammu and Kashmir in September this year. It also aims at creating a strong bond between Maharashtra and the North East.

Instituted in 2012, the award seeks to honour a person from the North East who has rendered an outstanding work at national and international levels.

Born on June 13, 1952 at village Jigaon of the present-day West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Thongchi has so far written about a dozen novels, and numerous short stories and plays – all in Assamese – a language over which he has a wonderful command. His most well-known novels include Mauna Oonth Mukhar Hriday and Sav Kata Manuh.

Thongchi, whose theme is mostly about the little-known communities of Arunachal Pradesh, is said to be the first author to have actually taken their inside stories to the outside world.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Naming India’s longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika is a true honour for bard and Assam

Guwahati, May 27: The Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, is truly bridging both geographical and psychological distances between people staying in the far-flung northeast and the mainland India.

The moment the 9.15-km bridge, country's longest, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, he declared that the bridge will be officially known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu or Bhupen Hazarika Bridge

Hazarika, the legendary singer, musician, writer and filmmaker--is Assam and northeast India's pride. Till he was alive (Hazarika died on November 5, 2011), the musical genius had always highlighted the cultural richness and multiple issues of the region in front of the world.

He was a "bridge" who helped reducing both the physical and psychological distances with his music and songs. The legendary musician, poet and singer was born in Sadiya, near Tezpur in north Assam. Hazarika also shared great emotional attachment with the Brahmaputra as he wrote several songs and poems honouring the mighty river. 

Immediately after PM Modi announced the decision to name the bridge after the bard, Assam erupted in joy. The people of Assam felt that it was a perfect honour for their Bhupen da (Bhupen, the elder brother) bestowed upon by PM Modi.

Source : The Dainik Janambhumi , 27-05-2017

Lata Mangeshkar praises PM Modi for naming India's longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Why is her song being passed off as Shakira’s, asks Purabi Mukhopadhyay

KOLKATA: Social media had started working overtime last week by sharing an audio clip which was claimed to be Shakira's rendition of Paul Robeson's 'Ol' Man River' and Bhupen Hazarika's 'Ganga Behti Ho Kyu'! From WhatsApp to Facebook, this clip went viral. Some even went on to praise how good Shakira's Hindi pronunciation is. Little did they realise that the clip was actually a hoax. The voice of this recording was that of acclaimed singer Purabi Mukhopadhyay. The recording was her tribute to Paul Robeson's Ol' Man River and Bhupen Hazarika's 'Ganga Behti Ho Kyu?' TOI speaks to her on this issue. Excerpts:

How did you get to know about such an audio clip?
I have been singing for 50 years now. This is the first time that I have come across such a hoax. Some four days back, I received this clip from a listener in Jaipur who was amazed to see that my voice has been passed off as that of Shakira.

When did you first record this song?
Way back in 1999, I had recorded this song for an album with Raga music label called 'Amra Korbo Joy'. Again in 2003, I recorded the same number for an album called 'Agrogotir Pathe'. It is strange that after so many years, this song surfaced on social media without giving me credit. I have had a long association with Bhupen Hazarika. I have sung with him on stage. He would sing 'Ganga Behti Ho Kyu' in this manner. Bhupen-da was alive when I had first recorded this number. I used to sing on a scale that was higher than what Bhupen-da would usually sang in. He would often sing on B Flat, A or C natural scale while I sang on C. Therefore, my rendition of this song was very different from that of others. In the last couple of days, I have had calls from people across the globe asking me how my recording has been passed off as that of Shakira. Finally, the owner of the music label got in touch with YouTube. It was removed after that.

However, the recording still remains online. It goes with the header: Shakira sings Bhupen Hazarika's 'O Ganga Tum' in her own voice...
That is the irony of life. I am wondering if I should take look at it positively or negatively. People are protesting this hoax and that's important for me. I am waiting for others to join in this protest too.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr Hazarika solidarity award presented to Prasanna Vithanage

GUWAHATI, April 10 - The coveted Biswaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award 2017 was conferred on acclaimed filmmaker from Sri Lanka, Prasanna Vithanage, at Rabindra Bhawan here today.

The award, instituted in the name of Assam’s cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika, was given by the Asam Sahitya Sabha in association with the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL).
A celebrated filmmaker, Vithanage is known both for his cinematic excellence as well as commercial success. He has won more than 15 international awards and his films have been screened in 13 film festivals.

His films include Akasa Kusum, Ira Madiyama, Anantha Rathriya, Sisila Gini Gani. Also deeply associated with the theatre, he translated and directed George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man and Italian Dario Fo’s Trumpets and Raspberries.

The Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award, conferred biannually, consists of a trophy, a citation and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh.

In his acceptance speech, Vithanage said the award in the name of a legendary figure like Dr Hazarika was not just a big encouragement, but also a huge responsibility.
“To receive an award in the name of the baritone-voiced singer, an extraordinary personality and exceptional lyricist, never crossed my mind in my wildest dreams,” he said.

Source : Dainik Asam ,11 April 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sahitya Sabha award to Sri Lankan filmmaker

GUWAHATI, April 8 - Eminent Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage will be honoured with the Biswaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Integration Award of Asam Sahitya Sabha at a function to be held at Rabindra Bhawan at 5 pm on April 10.
The event synchronises with the ongoing centenary celebrations of the Sabha. The award comprises a citation, a memento, a seleng sador, and Rs 5 lakh. A host of dignitaries including filmmaker Jahnu Barua and outgoing Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora will attend the function.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Source : Amar Asom , 08 April 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Critics say less inclusive, Patowary defensive

GUWAHATI, March 23: Auni Ati Xatra Xatradhikar Pitambhar Deva Goswami today said that the theme song of Namami Brahmaputra Festival released on the night of March 21 could have been made richer.

When asked for comments on the theme song, composed and set to music by Angarag Mahanta (Papon), the Xatradhikar said: “The theme song isn’t that inclusive in so far the depiction of the diverse cultures of the ethnic tribes in the State is concerned. Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘Mohabahu Brahmaputra’ creates a hallmark moment of Assam and the Mighty river the world over. Dr Hazarika wrote a number of songs on the Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra is not just the name of a river as it depicts the diverse cultures of a nation. The word ‘Mohabahu’ alone would have made the theme song redolent with the mighty river and the culture along its basins had it been used in the lyrics of the theme song. The diverse culture of Assam would have been depicted better. The song is bereft of Dr. Hazarika’s concept on the Brahmaputra.”   
Meanwhile, in view of the controversy related to the theme song, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Transport, Industries and Commerce, today said that the controversy on the song is uncalled for since the theme song has been widely praised and appreciated across the country.
In a statement, the Minister said, “While the song has been appreciated by a majority of people, a small section has criticized it. Constructive criticism is appreciated, but ill motivated comments should not be made.”

Minister Patowary appreciated the efforts of the singer Angarag Mahanta (Papon) who has leveraged his goodwill and contacts to rope in the best of Hindi and Assamese film and music fraternity to be a part of this initiative. “All the artistes involved have contributed in this massive effort only out of goodwill and with positive approach.”

Patowary further mentioned that there are imaginary figures being circulated about the cost of the song. The expenditure on it is limited to logistic and production cost only. “We cannot demean an honest effort made with honest intentions just by spreading incorrect facts,” the Minister added. He urged the people to dissuade from controversies and criticism and appealed for their active corporation to make this festival a grand success.     
The Tribal Sangha also said that the theme song failed to include the diverse cultures of diverse ethnic tribes of Assam.  It said that the video graph of the song failed to depict the vastness of the mighty river. Some of the critics are of the view that the Hindi version of the song is even worse.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Source : Dainik Janambhumi 25 March 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dr Hiren Saikia’s Priceless Offering : Dr Bhupen Hazarika Live

........Dr Saikia, who fiercely prides himself in Assamese culture and heritage, recorded quite a few of Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s musical shows held in various parts of the State with an ordinary yet reliable tape recorder as a student. Like countless other fans and admirers of the music maestro, the young Saikia was obsessed with the Sudhakantha’s uniquely deep baritone voice and his evergreen compositions with their incredibly rich and powerful lyrics. Imbued with an unshakable will and an insatiable infatuation, Dr Saikia toured and recorded the Bard’s programmes with the magnetic tape recorder, despite the occasional hindrance in some of the venues.

Dr Saikia’s tireless efforts have resulted in the compilation of three of Dr Hazarika’s rare musical conferences that he had carefully preserved for the last four decades. These invaluable recordings took place in Silchar (1976), Jorhat (1979) and Dibrugarh (1983).......

Photo Source : Niyomiya Barta , 26 Feb 2016

New postal stamp released in Dec 2016 : Legendary singers of India

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Photo Source : Dainik Agradoot ,08-02-2017