MORTAL MEN, IMMORTAL SONGS

MORTAL MEN, IMMORTAL SONGS

In yet another journey of AWARDEES,

When one listens to this song, as the lyrics go by these words,

Dil hoom hoom kare, ghabraaye

Ghan dham dham kare, darr jaaye

Ek boond kabhi paani ki mori ankhiyon se barsaaye…..is heavenly.

Who can ever forget this song from the film RUDAALI, (1993), a movie about a professional chest beaters or mourners at all upper-caste males’ funerals in a village in Rajasthan, they are referred as Rudaali, female weeper or weeping woman. Their job is to publicly express grief of family members who are not permitted to display emotion due to social status. This movie released in 1993, was directed by the famous director kalpana Lajmi and the Music Director was none other than, Sri. (late) BHUPEN HAZARIKA, who has been awarded the HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD, BHARAT RATNA, posthumously in 2019. His voice was his greatest asset especially sung with the touch of north east accent.

Bhupen Hazarika, was born on September 8th, 1926, in Sadiya, Assam to Nilakanta Hazarika and Shantipriya Hazarika, being the eldest of their ten children. During his childhood, his family shifted several times before settling down in Tezpur, where his musical talent was spotted by Jyotiprasad Agarwala, the noted Assamese lyricist and bishnu Prasad Rabha, a renowned Assamese artist. In 1936, he travelled with his mentors to Kolkata where he recorded his first song at the Aurora Studio for the Selona Company. In 1939, he sang two songs in the Film “Indramalati”. He wrote his first song “Agnijugor Firingoti Moi” at a young age of 13.

He received his early education from Sonaram High School in Guwahati, Dhubri Government High School in Dhubri, Tezpur High School, Tezpur, and the Cotton College. Later he attended Banaras Hindu University where he completed his graduation and post-graduation, obtaining his BA (1944) and MA (1946) in political science. In 1949, he got enrolled at the Columbia University, New York, on a scholarship and earned his Doctoral degree in 1952 on his thesis “Proposals for preparing India’s Basic Education to use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education”.

While at Columbia University, Bhupen Hararika was influenced by Paul Robeson, a civil rights activist and composed his song “Bistirno parore” based on the imagery and theme of Robeson’s “old Man River”. He also composed some other songs in Indian languages. While studying in Columbia university in New York he met Priyamvada Patel and they later got married in 1950. They were blessed with a son Tej Hazarika in 1952.

 In 1955, he served as the Secretary of the Reception Committee of the Third All Assam Conference of IPTA. He also served as a teacher at the Guwahati University but left the job after few years and shifted to Kolkata. Later, he became a Director and made award winning Assamese Films such as, Shakuntala Sur in 1961, Pratidhwani in 1964. Some of his directorial ventures include Lati-Ghati in 1966, Chik Mik Bijuli in 1969, For Whom the Sun Shines in 1974, and Mera Dharam Meri Maa in 1976. He also worked as a composer creating timeless music for many Assamese films and Bangla movies such as Aarop in 1973, Chameli Memsaab in 1975 and Shimana Perye in 1977.

He was also a prominent Assamese and Hindi Playback singer and lent his mesmerising voice to movies such as Era Bator Sur in 1956, Shakuntala Sur in 1961, Titash Ekti Nadir Naam in 1973, and Rudaali in 1993. Some of  his works as composer and singer in films include Darmiyaan in between, a film of Marital violence in 2001. His last film as a playback singer was Gandhi to Hitler in 2011. Bhupen Hazarika  composed some of the most famous Assamese songs including Bistirno Parore, Moi Eti Jajabor, Ganga Mor Maa, Bimurto Mur Nixati Jen, Manuhe Manuhor Babey and Buku Hom Hom Kore. One of his major contributions in Hindi Cinema was being the Music Director of Outstanding films such as Arop, Ek Pal, and Rudaali. He also won the Best Music Director National Award for Rudaali in 1993.

Bhupen Hazarika died on November 5th, 2011 in Mumbai, his body was cremated near the Brahmaputra River in a plot of land donated by Guwahati university.

His most important awards were,

YEAR

LIST OF AWARDS

1977

PADMA SHRI

1979

ARUNACHAL PRADESH GOVERNMENTS GOLD MEDAL

1987

SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD

1992

DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD

2001

PADMA BHUSHAN

2009

ASOM RATNA

2012

PADMA VIBHUSHAN (POSTHUMOUSLY)

2019

BHARAT RATNA (POSTHUMOUSLY)

Bhupen Hazarika, was a multifaceted Indian Artist, famously referred to as the uncrowned king of North Eastern India’s cultural world. He is best described as an extraordinarily talented person who was a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and a renowned film maker of the very highest repute. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 2019. He was a child prodigy who was discovered by his mentors at a young age which helped him to excel at his abilities. He has rendered music, written lyrics, sung or numerous Assamese, Bengali and Hindi films which created an everlasting impression on both Assamese and Indian Cinema, literature and music. Most of his songs are marked by themes of humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated to, sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi.

Other than, being a musician and playback singer, he was an immensely talented filmmaker who created some of the most memorable national award winning Assamese films. He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi Cinema at the National level. Winner of several prestigious awards, he was truly one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.

Your music is still being missed and it is true to say,

 

MORTAL MEN, IMMORTAL SONGS, MUSIC, MEMORIES…...

 

VIJAYASHREE RAMESH, CHENNAI BASED ADVOCATE.