Bhupen Hazarika biography

Bhupen Hazarika

Singer, Politician

1926 – 2011

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Who was Bhupen Hazarika?

Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. 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, Padmashri, and Padmabhushan, Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's The National Academy for 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.

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Born
Sep 8, 1926
Sadiya
Also known as
  • Da Bhupen
  • Dr. Bhupen Hazarika
  • Hazarika, Bhupen
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Education
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Columbia University
  • Cotton College, Guwahati
Lived in
  • Assam
Died
Nov 5, 2011
Mumbai

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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