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Condolences to Hemen P. Barooah’s family.

August 1, 2013 – 3:11 pm
On behalf of the Board Members of The Bhupen Hazarika Foundation we express our deepest condolences to Hemen Prasad Barooah's family and close associates for the loss of their revered and loved one. Hemen Prasad Barooah, 'Hemen Da' will be missed. He was always gentle and sympathetic beyond compare. He was the epitome of grace and style, modern Assamese style. It was no wonder he was so close to my father. May his spirit live on and grow among the living— like that of all other great souls. http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=aug0213/at05

Genius of Bhupen Hazarika

March 9, 2012 – 10:17 am
Genius of Bhupen Hazarika Arupjyoti Saikia Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011) emerged as a central figure in Assam giving voice to the aspirations and imagination of Assamese nationalism. Despite his deep-rootedness in his own cultural context, his music and ideas were universal and constantly engaged with the people in a dialogic process. I too wanted to be a singer with the power to change society - Bhupen Hazarika It is not often that a musician's works become synonymous with the political and cultural aspirations of a nationality. Bhupen Hazarika, the versatile Assamese singer was that kind of rara avis. The world of Assamese imagination was associated, since Independence, with the songs and music of Bhupen Hazarika. His music was responsible for reinforcing the cultural aspirations of various communities during this time. That he was one of the central elements in the world of Assamese imagination was again proven when Hazarika died on 5 November. ...

The house Bhupen called home

March 9, 2012 – 9:39 am
The house Bhupen called home - Hazarika’s Calcutta address wallows in neglect, associates rue apathy DIPANJAN SINHA Bhupen Hazarika’s house at 77B Golf Club Road in Calcutta. Telegraph picture Calcutta, March 7: A three-storey house with shut windows, worn colour and a locked collapsible gate breaks the urgency of life brimming on Golf Club Road in Calcutta. The trappings are usual, of nostalgia in a steadily reshaping city. The history, though, is of a remarkable lapse amid the rush of memorials for Bhupen Hazarika, who called this place home for decades. The abandoned house, once a haunt of the luminaries of Indian culture like Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey, now symbolises the collective amnesia of a city from where the bard was first known to the world. Cultural icons here lament the bard’s demise and hope for measures to preserve his memory. Singer Haimanti Shukla fondly remembers the time when she ...

Doctors happy with Bhupen

August 7, 2009 – 1:08 pm
A STAFF REPORTER (  Telegraph) Guwahati, Aug. 6: Bhupen Hazarika was taken on a round of the ICU in a wheelchair this afternoon as he showed “marked” signs of improvement, two days after he underwent a bypass surgery in Mumbai. Surjya Hazarika, the biographer of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award recipient, told this correspondent over phone that the singer-composer “looked improved” and “is in very high spirits”. Hazarika, 83, was operated upon by a team of surgeons at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday. The singer was taken off the ventilator yesterday morning and doctors attending on him described his condition as stable, Surjya Hazarika said, quoting the doctors. “He is improving quite well. He was given a liquid diet in the morning and taken on a round of the ICU on a wheelchair around 2.30 in the afternoon,” he added. The singer expressed his desire to listen to some of his own songs ...

I don’t need ‘wife’ tag to prove my love for Bhupen: Kalpana

February 20, 2009 – 3:03 pm
Kalpana Lajmi was just 17 when she fell in love with Bhupen Hazarika who was 45 at that time. When the music maestro turned 80, he offered to marry her, but Lajmi, who has been living with him for the past 38 years now, turned down the offer saying the 'wife' tag was unnecessary to their relationship. Speaking to IANS, lajmi said, "Bhupso" (Lajmi, endearingly addresses Hazarika as Bhupso) did offer to marry me two years ago, but I said no," adding that for her the relationship, the trust and the respect that they shared with each other were more important than marriage. Lajmi is  best known for her woman-oriented films like "Rudaali", "Daman", "Ek Pal", "Chingaari" and "Darmiyaan". Lajmi recalled that she first met Bupen Hazarika through her uncle. "When I saw this frail, skinny man wearing a striped orange shirt, I was charmed," Lajmi said as she bared ...

Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s statue unveiled

February 15, 2009 – 10:28 am
Dr Bhupen Hazarika's statue unveiled GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - Thousands of people turned out in Guwahati today to have a glimpse of Assam's cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika as he made his appearance near Dighalipukhuri to unveil his statue on the bank of the historic tank. The statue, by famous sculptor of the State, Biren Sinha, was established at the initiative of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) to mark the love, respect and gratitude of the people of Assam to the living legend, and prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award winner. An overwhelmed Dr Hazarika looked in good health at the function. He thanked the huge gathering and people of Assam in general for showering their love on him. As he hummed a few lines from his epoch-making songs, including Manuhe Manuhar Babe, jodihe akanu nebhabe…, many in the crowd could not help singing along. He was all praise for sculptor ...

On his Birthday - Asam Ratna Award for Dr Hazarika

September 9, 2008 – 5:31 am
Asam Ratna Award for Dr Hazarika Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Sept 8 – The first-ever Asam Ratna Award will be bestowed on the State’s cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika in recognition of his seminal contribution to Assamese culture, and music in particular. This was revealed on the celebrated singer’s birthday today by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, while interacting with select mediapersons. Gogoi, underlining the role of Dr Hazarika in Assam’s cultural sphere, said that the newly instituted award would comprise a citation and Rs 3 lakh. The honour will be bestowed on Dr Hazarika by either the President of India or the Prime Minister at a venue to be finalised later. The Chief Minister, describing Hazarika as a pride of Assam, hoped that he would continue his artistic journey and enrich Assam with his invaluable work. Dr Hazarika, born in 1926 at Sadiya in Upper Assam, has been offered numerous national and international honours in ...

A note form Article Contributor …

July 29, 2008 – 12:08 pm
Dear Administrator: Congratulations,  and Thank you for your superb job  with the BH page. A few years ago I happened to bump into an old article by Bhupen’da  himselfin the library of  Sudhakar Bhatt, a retired economist and a neighbor of ours  then in Naples.  Mr. Bhatt  went to school with BH at Columbia Univ, NYC in the early fifties, and reminisces him dearly. The article was in an issue of the Columbia Indian Student journal. My secretary Joyce was moved by the content of new-found piece, and agreed to provide her typing hand. I had it published in one of the issues of ‘Luitor Pora Mississippi’ in the nineties.  If you like, you can post it in the ‘articles’ column of your excellent page. The second article, Melody Man by  Abhirook Sen, was sent to me by Amy (our daughter). It has also been collecting dust in my ‘My ...

PROFILE: BHUPEN HAZARIKA

July 29, 2008 – 12:01 pm
Melody Man The Assamese poet's repertoire of songs is firmly anchored in his environment. By Avirook Sen The structural engineer in Alaska turned the heat on full blast inside his car and hummed to the strains of Moi eti jajabor (I am a wanderer). The road was endless, he was cold, there was no one at home to talk to. But at least, on the music system, there was Bhupen Hazarika. And listening to him sing wasn't very different from conversation. So the Assamese engineer picked up the phone and called the man in Dibrugarh: "Dada, your music is what keeps me going ..." Says Hazarika: "I never met the man, but I knew he was warm." From Alaska to Assam, to those who understand the several languages in which he sings -- the Japanese don't, but have their own version of his humanist ballad Manush manusheri jonyo -- Hazarika's ...

MEANINGS FOR MILLIONS

July 29, 2008 – 11:56 am
MEANINGS FOR MILLIONS Bhupen Hazarika The Question Mark "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty" -warned Thomas Jefferson. Lallu, the laborer in a Bombay wheat mill often wonders at a paradox of his times; why the sweat of his brow is not offering enough bread for his own children. Ramu, the farmer in Bengal examines a handful of soil and wonders how he should fight against erosion in his rice field, which was once so green! Osman, the skilled craftsman of Benares, whose golden sari decorations are bringing showers of admiration to many a sophisticated Indian princess in Paris and New York night clubs, wonders why he is unable to present an ordinary sari to his own daughter. The common man of India wants to know why he should vote this time ...


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