When the country is passing through deep thought, wandering about degrading sense of Humanity, remembering Bhupen Hazarika comes very relevant. Kolkata Assamese Cultural Association, a socio, literary and cultural organization of the people of Assam in Kolkata and the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust, Assam is jointly organizing a series of cultural programs to commemorate the 91st Birth Anniversary of the legend Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in Kolkata starting today.
Though the singer passed away in the year 2011, as the saying goes, the legends never dies, they live with us in their creations to inspire us time to time. The 91st Birthday Celebration of Bhupen Hazarika by Kolkata Assamese Cultural Association welcomes one and all to come and participate in the 3 days event with Discussion, Exhibition, Workshop and Cultural Program which is scheduled for three days starting today 8th, 9th and 10th September 2017.
The event will witness several dignitaries, writers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers film artists, Government officials etc. of Assam, Bengal, Tripura and Bangladesh.
In May this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest bridge (9.15 kms), which runs over the Lohit River in Assam and named the Dhola-Sadia bridge after Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary singer who brought not just Assam but the entire Northeast to the attention of the world by his compositions and lyrics, the culture and music of the land and the people.
For those who can’t recall the creator of songs like Manuhhe Manuhor Babe (Humans are for humanity), questioned whether humanity existed in society; another iconic creation, Ganga Boicho Keno (Ganga, why do you flow?). Bhupen Hazarika the Indian singer, musician composer and filmmaker, popularly known as Sudhakantha, was born in Sadiya, Assam, who came to be known as the ‘Bard of the Brahmaputra’.
A poet and a lyricist, Bhupen Hazarika also penned songs and lyrics, each had a message enveloped in them, functioning as an instrument that held a mirror in front of society. He has been credited for introducing Assamese folk music to Hindi cinema. Hazarika’s name was known in many households, in fact, his words inspired many freedom fighters during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction (1975), Padmashri (1997), Padmabhushan (2001), and posthumously, the Padma Vibhushan (2012), among other awards. He was also the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), as well as the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992).
For more details about the program, you may contact Sanjeev Baishya, Publicity Secretary +918334866886 and can get constant updates through Kolkata Assamese Cultural Association Social Media handles.