Renowned Indian music artist Bhupen Hazarika, also popularly known as ‘Sudhakantha’, breathed his last on November 5, 2011, at the age of 85. He was born on September 8, 1926, in Assam’s Sadiya town.
Poet, music composer, singer, actor, author, and filmmaker, Bhupen Hazarika beautifully interpreted Assam’s rich folk heritage through his songs. He inherited his singing skills from his mother, who sang lullabies to him and introduced him to the state’s folk music.
Today, on the tenth death anniversary of the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’, we bring you the famous songs of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika that have touched millions of hearts. Listen and enjoy!
Bhupen Hazarika wrote his first song when he was a teenager and attracted the attention of noted Assamese lyricist Jyotiprasad Agarwala and artist Bishnu Prasad Rabha. With professional and artistic guidance, Hazarika’s talent touched new levels.
Hazarika expanded his creative career and also directed award-winning Assamese films like Shakuntala Sur (1961) and Pratidhwani (1964). He also worked in Hindi cinema, and some of his major contributions include composing music for films such as Arop, Ek Pal, and Rudaali.
Bhupen Hazarika was awarded the Best Music Director National Award for Rudaali in 1993 and held the position of chairman at the Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1998 to 2003.
Dr Bhupen Hazarika was also decorated with high honours, including the Padma Shri (1977), Padma Bhushan (2001), Padma Vibhushan (2016), and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992).
Bhupen Hazarika was honoured with the Asom Ratna, Assam’s highest civilian award in 2009.
In 2013 and 2016, Hazarika was honoured with commemorative postage stamps.
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