14 Things To Know of Singer-Composer-Filmmaker Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

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Most of us may associate the state of Assam with just tea gardens, silk, and one-horned rhinoceros. Well, this northeastern state is extensively rich in culture and tradition. Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, born on September 8, 1926, in Sadiya town of Assam is no less than a stalwart in India’s cultural heritage.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Assam, India By Utpal Baruah, UB Photos, www.ubphotos.com – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Recently, Google celebrated his 96th birth anniversary with an artistic doodle. Here are some fewer known facts about this Assamese legend that will fill you with nostalgia.

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Talk of versatility, and Dr. Hazarika has been a much-admired poet, musician, singer, composer, actor, writer, and filmmaker. He was a bundle of talent of the highest order.

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Dr. Hazarika is popularly called Sudhakantha, meaning Nightingale.

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Dr. Hazarika was a child prodigy. He wrote and sang his first song when he was 10 years old. At 12, he worked for the second Assamese talkie, he worked for the second Assamese talkie ‘Indramalati’.

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Can a singer be adept at writing a book? Well, Dr Bhupen Hazarika was a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, and had authored a thesis titled ‘Proposals for Preparing India’s Basic Education to use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education’. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Hazarika became a teacher at Guwahati University.

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After a brief period at Guwahati University, Dr. Hazarika left for Kolkata to start a career as a music director and singer.

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Bhupen-da, as he was fondly called, proved his music competencies in Hindi films like Rudaali, Darmiyaan, Gajagamini, Daman, Kyon, Saaz, Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe.

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Talking of his television stint, Bhupen-da produced a 52-episode tele serial titled ‘Dawn’ for the Star TV network.

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Dr. Hazarika also produced an 18-episode documentary titled ‘Glimpses of the Misty East’ focusing on the cultural and socio-economic progress in North Eastern India. The task was assigned to him by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Government of India) to celebrate India’s 50 years of Independence.

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Dr. Hazarika won the President’s National Award for the best filmmaker in 1960, 1964, and 1967. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1977, Padma Bhushan in 2001, and Padma Vibhushan in 2001. Earlier in the year 1992, he had also won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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Bhupen-da’s song ‘Manush Manusher Jonno’ (Humans are for humanity) was selected as the second most favorite number in Bangladesh after the nation’s National Anthem.

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As Assam’s leading poet-author, Dr. Hazarika has to his credit over 1,000 lyrics and over 15 books on short stories, travelogues, poems, essays, and children’s rhymes.

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In 2013, a postage stamp bearing his face was released by the India Post as a mark of honor.

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Music lovers can’t stop humming Bhupen-da’s famous songs such as ‘Dil Hoom Hoom Kare’, ‘Ganga Mor Maa’, and ‘Jhoothi Mooti Mitwa’.

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Dr. Hazarika was elected to the Legislative Assembly as an independent member between 1967 to 1972. During this tenure, he was singularly responsible for installing the first ever state-owned film studio of its kind in India in Guwahati.


Deepika Dewan

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