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Bhupen Hazarika

  • Published
    8th Sep, 2022
Context

Google recently paid tribute to Assamese playback singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika with a doodle on his 96th birth anniversary.

About

Bhupen Hazarika:

  • He was born in Assam’s Tinsukia district on September 8, 1926 and died at 85 in Mumbai.
  • He was also a poet, music composer, actor, journalist, author and film-maker.
  • He is also remembered as the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’.
  • Hazarika was also one of northeast India’s leading socio-cultural reformers, whose creations and compositions are known to have united people from all walks of life.
  • Hazarika, while studying at Columbia University, was greatly influenced by Paul Robeson who was a civil rights activist, following which he composed the famous songs ‘Bistirno Parore’ and ‘Ganga Behti Ho Kyun’ based on the imagery and theme of Robeson’s ‘Ol Man River’.
  • His songs narrated people’s stories about happiness and grief, of unity and courage, romance and loneliness, and even strife and determination.
  • He even served as chairman and director of numerous boards and associations, including India’s National Film Development Corporation.
  • Hazarika made several award-winning films like ‘Shakuntala Sur’ and ‘Pratidhwani’.
  • In 1993, he won the ‘Best Music Director National Award’ for Rudaali, which features the famous song ‘Dil Hoom Hoom Kare’.

Awards won:

  • The legendary artist won several prestigious awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, for his outstanding contribution to music and culture.
  • He was honoured posthumously with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in
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