Guwahati: Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the bard of Brahmaputra is being fondly remembered across the state on his 95th birth anniversary.
The bard of Assam, Bhupen Hazarika was born on September 8, 1926. The eldest among 10 siblings, he inherited his singing skills from his mother who sang lullabies to him and introduced him to the state’s folk music. He grew up to be a playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker. His songs are written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself.
He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast to Hindi cinema at the national level. He received many accolades National Film Award for Best Music direction in 1975 and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1987. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 2019.
He composed and sang songs that are marked by themes of humanity and universal brotherhood. One of his major contributions to Hindi cinema was composing music for well-known films such as Arop, Ek Pal, and Rudaali. He won the Best Music Director National Award for Rudaali in 1993. He held the position of chairman at the Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1998 to 2003.
While studying at Columbia University, Hazarika met Priyamvada Patel and they got married in 1950. He died in Mumbai on November 5, 2011, and was cremated near the Brahmaputra river in a plot of land donated by the Gauhati University. His funeral was attended by an estimated half a million people.
Here are some of his hit songs:
Bistirno Parore (O GANGA BEHTI HO KYON)
Bimurta Mur Nixati Jen
Ganga Amar Maa
O VIDESI BANDHU
DIL HOOM HOOM KARE
Moi Eti Jajabar