A biopic on Bhupen Hazarika, the legend and the man who was a celebrated lyricist, singer, and composer. Born in Sadiya, a small village in Tinsukia district to parents with an artistic bent, he soon found himself singing and writing lyrics at a tender age. His talent spread soon far and wide where he even got an opportunity to record his first set of songs when he was in school. He got the Youngest Artist of HMV award for these songs which initiated him to an illuminating career ahead.
His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice, and empathy, have become popular among the people of Assam, besides West Bengal and Bangladesh.
He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level. He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1997), and Padmabhushan (2001), Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India’s highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s The National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2012. Hazarika also held the position of the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1998 to December 2003.
He faced many trials and tribulations in the years when he was establishing his career, but after landing in Mumbai, he mesmerized the world with his talent and repertoire which was marked by humanity and universal brotherhood, a true signature of Hazarika which shot him to fame.
Among many others, some of his most popular songs are ‘Dil Hoom Hoom Kare’, ‘O Ganga Behti Ho Kyon’, ‘Bistirna Dupare‘.
Bhupen Hazarika left this world on November 5, 2011, leaving behind a glowing legacy, countless admirers and a voice which will be always remembered & cherished.
Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV