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Bhupen Hazarika`s contribution to Assam and assamese people is immense and unparalled.In a singing career, spanning over seven decades, his music mesmerised thousands, captured moods, air and imaginations of all. He had a song for everybody - be it a young boy, an old man or a young girl. He enthralled the masses with his crisp baritone voice and flawless diction, the powerful and forever contemporary lyrics of his songs enthused and inspired millions. Bhupen Hazarika had started early, beginning his journey from the eastern most part of Assam, composing and singing his first song at the age of 9. And there was no looking back. He jumped the mighty Brahmaputra, trotted from Mississippi to Volga, Ottawa to Austria to Peris - all along singing for the people. He became a legend within his lifetime. So much he was popular among his fans and followers that - a sea of humanity used to follow him, wherever he went.And when his golden voice fell silent at the age of 85, millions mourned and gathered to pay their last respects to their cultural icon, the nomadic balladeer they used to fondly call `Bhupenda`.
Bhupen Hazarika was a visionary, a well read man and had a doctorate degree from earstwhile columbia university in mass communication. He looked at contemporay developments from a historical perspective. He staunchly believed that music was not merely about etertainment. He used music as a tool to stich the social fabric of assamese society.The harmony and amalgamation of assamese society and also the ethos, to large extent, is due mainly to his music. He was a genuine humanist and the lyrical contents of his music always spoke of universal brotherhood and peaceful co-existence, acceptance and tolerance. He was fully aware of the historical role that he was playing in the context of formation of assamese society and whole north east India at large. People were the focal point of his songs, at the core of his heart. His music, the messages of his his songs deeply moved the people. And yet he was no spiritual guru, no political leader nor a so-called celebrity.
From BBC world service:
One of the most important cultural figures of north-east India, Bhupen Hazarika, who has died aged 85, used music, cinema and the written word to stitch political ideology and ancient traditions into the fabric of popular culture. His distinguished career as a film-maker, singer, lyricist and political activist spanned 70 years. He won many major awards in India and leaves an impressive body of work that includes more than 1,500 songs. From bbc world news: The eldest of 10 children, Hazarika was born in the village of Sadiya, Assam. He said his musical talent came from his mother, Shantipriya: "Although listening to the rhythms of tribal music growing up developed my love for singing, I inherited my voice from my mother, who regularly sang lullabies to me as a child." His father, Nilakanta, a teacher, instilled in him from a young age the importance of education. By the time he was 10, Hazarika was writing songs and a year later gave his first performance on the hugely popular All India Radio. In 1939 the youngster became a star after delivering a song in the Assamese language film Indramalati. Instead of capitalising on his newfound fame, Hazarika was drawn towards India`s struggle for independence. He surrounded himself with intellectuals including the Assamese poet and film-maker Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, who had directed Indramalati, and soon found the connection between education and freedom. "I would attend secret meetings with those who wanted a free India," he said. "Somewhere down the line, the revolutionary in me was born. My music and, later, my film scripts portrayed that ethnic anger I suffered from." Hazarika went to Tezpur high school and Cotton college in Guwahati in 1942, before studying at the Banaras Hindu University for a BA (1944) and MA (1946) in political science. Despite immersing himself in his studies, he carried on singing. "I remember once after a college music concert where I sang a song, one of the institute`s patrons called me over and gave me a 50 rupee note," said Hazarika. "He said, whatever you do, never stop singing." After a brief stint working as a producer for All India Radio, Hazarika left for the US in 1949 to study for a PhD in mass communication at Columbia University, New York. He wanted to see other places on the way, so he sailed via France. "I had a strong desire to meet Picasso," he said. "An elderly guard informed me that if I managed to get up at 4am, I might catch Picasso taking a walk with his friends. I did what I was told and, to my surprise, I actually saw Picasso. I went up to him and said, sir, this is the best day of my life." In New York, he met and married Priyambada Patel; their son Tez was born in 1952. He was also befriended, and heavily influenced musically, by the singer Paul Robeson. Apart from soaking up American folk music, Hazarika joined Robeson on civil rights rallies. He returned to Assam and began teaching at Gauhati University in 1953. The next big turning-point came when Hazarika went to Mumbai to work in the Indian People`s Theatre Association. He managed to arrange a meeting with India`s biggest singing star Lata Mangeshkar. "I wanted her to sing a song for my first film as a director, Era Bator Sur [Song from the Deserted Path] and she did it. The minute she sang for my film, distributors clamoured to buy my film." Hazarika put Assamese cinema on the map in the decades that followed that initial 1956 hit and in 1992 he was given India`s highest film honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke award, for his immense contribution. He was named best composer in India in 1977 for his music for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab. He was a prolific and popular songwriter; his songs connected with the masses because the lyrics often touched on important social issues or promised a bright future. He received the government awards Padmashree in 1977 and Padma Bhushan in 2001. Estranged from his first wife and son, Hazarika met Kalpana Lajmi in 1971. He helped her become a critically acclaimed film-maker and delivered songs for her movies, mostly notably the 1993 hit Rudaali (Weeping Woman), for which he won a best music award at the Asia-Pacific film festival. He also composed for television, wrote books and made a name for himself as a poet. He refused to retire and earlier this year sang for the experimental Bollywood movie Gandhi to Hitler.Hazarika is survived by Lajmi and his son.
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