RIP Bhupen Hazarika The Legendary Singer

Bhupen Hazarika (Assamese: ভূপেন হাজৰিকা) (8 September 1926  – 5th November 2011) was an Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam, a state in the north-eastern part of India.

Hazarika was born in Sadiya, Assam. A child prodigy, he sang his first song in the second Assamese film, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s Indramalati (Biswa Bijoy No Jowan), in 1939 when he was 12 years old.He completed his Intermediate Arts from Cotton College in 1942, and went on to Banaras Hindu University to complete his B.A. in 1944 and his M.A. in Political Science in 1946. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1952, submitting a dissertation titled “Proposals for Preparing India’s Basic Education to Use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education”. He was the president of the “Asom Sahitya Sabha” in 1993. He was not well for quite some time and was hospitalized in Kokila Ben Hosiptal in Mumbai. He died on 5th Nov. 2011 at 4.23pm in the same hospital. As a singer, he is known for his deep baritone voice and crisp diction. as a lyricist, he is known for poetic compositions and parables that touch on a wide range of themes ranging from the erotic to social and political commentary; and as a composer for his use of folk music with a touch of the contemporary. He also participated, first as a child artist, and later as a director, in the nascent Assamese film industry. He is immensely popular in the states of Assam, West Bengal as well as in neighbouring Bangladesh. In addition to his native Assamese, Hazarika has sung in many other Indic languages, including Bengali and Hindi, many of these the translations of originally Assamese-composed songs. He passed away on Nov 5 2011.

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