Assam’s Heartthrob Singer, Composer, Actor Zubeen Garg

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Assam’s Heartthrob Singer - Zubeen Garg

Zubeen Garg (born 18 November 1972). is a singer and composer from Assam, India, in the Bollywood and Assamese music scene. He plays dhols, dotora, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments.

Background

Zubeen Garg hails from Jorhat, a small city in upper Assam. His birth name is Jibon Barthakur. He was named after the great composer Zubin Mehta and used their Gautra as his surname. Zubeen was born to Mr. Mohini. M. Borthakur, a famous lyricist and poet (who uses the pseudo name Kapil Thakur), and late Mrs. Ily Borthakur. However, because of transliteration discrepancies he is sometimes credited as Zubin Garg, Jubin Garg, or simply Zubin, Zubeen or Jubin and various combinations of the above mentioned.

The Borthakur family had its roots in Janji, Sivasagar. Mr. Borthakur was a magistrate and moved often during his early years along with little Zubeen. Zubeen’s mother was a good dancer, an actress and a singer. However, she never turned these talents into a professional career. Instead, she decided to teach them to little Zubeen at home. Zubeen considers his mother to be his first guru and mentor. Zubeen’s younger sister Jonkie Borthakur was a well known singer and actress who unfortunately died in a car accident in 2002. Zubeen’s other sister Palme, is a good bharat natyam dancer, presently living in Guwahati.

Feeling indebted to his loyal fans from Assam, Zubeen became involved in various charitable organizations dealing with AIDS and brain cancer. He plans on opening an institute in the near future to help those that are mentally challenged as well.

Zubeen lives with his wife Garima, a fashion designer, in his flat, which is a part of his music studio called Sound & Silence, located at 165/1, Sher-E-Punjab. Andheri East. Mumbai, India.

He is also working on a script for a Hindi film which was announced in August 2006. Zubeen has opened a chain of beauty parlors across the northeast called Zubeen’s Veda.

Entering the Music Scene

Zubeen started learning tabla from Guru Robin Banarjee, and then continued learning Assamese folk music form Guru Romoni Rai. He attended J.B. College in Jorhat, and then moved to B. Barooah College, where he was pursuing Bachelor of Science after his family moved permanently to Guwahati. But he did not complete his baccalaureate studies as he jumped in to the music scene. Zubeen’s life had a turning point when he received the gold medal for his western solo performance in the youth festival held in 1992. This is where he got his first taste of success and confidence as vocalist. Apart form playing dhols, dotara, mandolin, percussions, Zubeen is an accomplished keyboard player. He broke into professional music scene in 1992, releasing his first album – Anamika. This unusual album, became an instant hit in entire northeast India and re-defined Assamese musical landscape for the coming 21st century. After that, there was no looking back for Zubeen. With about 40 albums to his name, Zubeen continues his musical career directing music to over 24 Assamese movies including a few Hindi and bangla movies as well. He received the best Music Award in 2005, for the Bangla movie Shudhu Tumi. Zubeen considers himself to be a musician having sung more than 9000 songs in various languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, and many others. The song Ya Ali from the movie Gangster became a superhit in mainland India, the Middle East, and across South Asia. Following the success an Album titled ‘Ya Ali Remix Blast’ containing remix by DJ Suketu & Aks were released.

In 2000, Zubeen wrote, directed and acted in his own Assamese film Tumi Mor Matho Mor. He acted, co-produced and scored music in another Assamese film Dinabandhu, for which received a national award in 2005. Zubeen had done music for Strings – Bound By Faith, a Hindi film, directed by Sanjay Jha was released in 2006. Mukha and Uronia Mon are the latest solo Assamese albums of Zubeen released in the year of 2007 under the N.K. production banner. Currently he is working on his new Hindi album Chakra. Zubeen came up with his own Hindi album ‘Zindagi’in 2007, which received good appreciation.

List of Zubeen’s Albums

Assamese Albums

  • Anamika
  • Meghor Boron
  • Zubeenor Gaan
  • Mukti
  • Hiya mon
  • Xabda (Sobdo)
  • Paakhi
  • Snigdha Jonak
  • Xixu (Shishu)
  • Maya
  • Sinaki Mon
  • Akou Hiya mon
  • Niribili Godhuli
  • Lajuki mon
  • Jantra
  • Raang
  • Rangdhali
  • Rongmaan
  • Asha
  • Dilruba
  • Mukha
  • Unmana Mon
  • Uronia Mon
  • Jonaki mon
  • Rumal

Hindi Albums

  • Chandini Raat
  • Yuhi Kabhi
  • Sparsh
  • Shradhanjali
  • Nupur
  • Zindagi
  • Chanda

Music Director in Assamese Films

  • Bidhata
  • Nayak
  • Daag
  • Hiya Diya Niya
  • Jown Jwole Kopalot
  • Kanyadaan
  • Tumi Mor Matho Mor
  • Jeevan Nadir Duta Paar
  • Barud

Awards

  • Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) (2006)- Best playback singer (Male) for the song “Ya Ali”.
  • Max Stardust Awards (2007)- New Musical Sensation (Male) for the song “Ya Ali”.
  • Nominated for Film Fare Awards (2007)- Best Play Back Singer.

Source from: wikipedia.org

Music of Assam

The music of Assam, a state in the northeastern part of India, can be divided into various categories of folk music. In recent times a nascent music industry has emerged that caters to local popular demand too.

A basic characteristic of the ethnic music of Assam is its descending scale which distinguishes it from the raga-based or folk music from the rest of India. This style is shared by ethnic music of the hill people surrounding the state of Assam, and by the music of Thailand, Myanmar and China. Furthermore, the tunes are structured in a pyramid, in contrast to the music of rest of India which is meend based. Assam is a state with valleys and hills, and the home of many ethnic tribes. Just as the geography and varied people co-exist, the pulsating Bihu songs co-exist with languorous music of other forms.

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Music profile: Zubeen Garg

From nowhere to Ya Ali

Ya Ali, from Gangster – A Love Story, which has become a cult song of sorts, has made Zubeen Garg one of the most popular contemporary Bollywood playback singers. This song has made him popular on the international level too. The singer composer, who hails from Assam, is flying high.

Zubeen Garg is not new to Bollywood. He earlier lent his voice to Fiza, Mudda, Kaante and Brides Wanted – all good films but surprisingly, he was not noticed. Until Ya Ali happened in Gangster – A Love Story. The song topped the charts in India and is now becoming very popular internationally as well. For Zubeen, things could not be better. Offers have been pouring in and he is spoilt for choice. He has just made his debut as a composer with Sanjay Jha’s Strings, a film with the Kumbh Mela as its setting.

Zubeen, who is a well-known singer and musician in Assam, wanted to be a music director and has been in the music industry for 12 years. He composed music for Assamese films and delivered hit albums too. His first album, Anamika, released in 1992, was a top seller in the region. Having sung in 40 languages, Zubeen also dabbled in acting in a film called Dinabandhu and won a national award. He has been trying to carve a niche for himself in the Bollywood music for more than five years now. His big break came with Kaante but fame and fortune happened with Gangster.

He speaks animatedly about Sanjay Jha’s Strings, in which he had made his debut as music director. He says he was given the space to experiment and blend folk elements with the modern in his music. There are six songs in all and the highlight is that Zubeen has converted a 600-year-old Assami prayer into Hindi. The poem composed by Baba Nagarjun, is a satire on democracy. The response in Assam and Bengal, where the music has been released, has been positive and he hopes that his music will be appreciated in other areas of the country as well.
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Currently, offers are pouring in and Zubeen is singing for PNC productions’ Pyar Ke Side Effects which has music by Pritam. He is still considering the zillions of offers that are pouring in.

Zubeen wonders why he was not noticed in his earlier films but that is hardly surprising considering how fickle Bollywood can be. Especially when one considers that Zubeen plays the guitar, mandolin, percussions and the keyboard as well. He need not wonder any more, though. Bollywood has finally given him his due.

Awards & Recognition

He received many awards for his contribution to the field of music. Some of his achievements include -

The Best Music Award in 2005 for Bengali film ‘Shudhu Tumi’,
Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) in 2006 for the song ‘Ya Ali’ in the film ‘Gangster’,

Max Stardust Awards (2007) for being the new Musical Sensation.
He was also nominated for the Film Fare award for the category of best playback singer.

Zubeen believes that he has just started and there is a lot more for him to contribute to the industry. He wants to reach for the sky with his dedication towards his work.

The Song of Bhupen Hazarika’s Life

Bhupen Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika

His voice speaks a language which communicates melody without the crutch of words. This Padma Bhushan recipient is as complex in the interpretation of his messages as he is simple in the spontaneity of his feelings.

For this singer, composer and poet, life is resonant with the rhythm of recognition. Yet, he has also suffered the jarring notes of destiny. Sanghita Singh unplugs the philosophy of a man who is as much a moving force for music as music is a moving force for him.

I was born into a family of teachers: I was born in 1926 in Sadiya, a village in Assam. We were six brothers and four sisters. My grandfather established the Bankshidhar Hazarakia School at Sibsagar. My father, Neelkantha Hazarika, taught at this school and, later, at Cotton College in Guwahati. I grew up in a family of teachers and was always inclined towards journalism. I was the first child of my parents and my grandmother’s favourite. I attended Tejpur Government High School.

My brother’s death still pains me: Whenever Gandhiji and Pandit Nehru came to Assam, they would request my father to send me and my brother brother, Jayanta, to sing for them. Jayanta succumbed to cancer. His death was a shock and I took a long time to overcome my grief. Even today, I feel his absence.

Tribal music made a singer of me: As a child, I grew up listening to tribal music — its rhythm saw me developing an inclination towards singing. Perhaps, I inherited my singing skills from my mother, who sang lullabies to me. In fact, I have used one of my mother’s lullabies in Rudali. As a singer, I have also been influenced by Vaishnav thinker and Assam’s most famous reformer, Sankardev, who is known for his devotional songs. I learnt music from Bishnu Prasad Rabha, who trained me in the Bhatkhande school of music. But I could not continue my lessons for long.

I became a revolutionary: Between 1936-40, I accompanied Assamese poet and film-maker Jyoti Prasad Agarwala on his trips to Calcutta. He introduced me to the works of George Bernard Shaw. After school, I secured a degree in political science from BHU, where former PM Chandra Shekhar was my junior. We attended meetings at the Sangeet Bhawan in Benaras. Somewhere down the line, the revolutionary in me was born. My music and, later, my film scripts portray the ethnic anger I suffer from.

I was too timid to pursue my love: I fell in love with a girl in Assam — she was 16 and I was 21. She sang so well that it struck a chord in my heart. Both of us worked at the local radio station and, on many occasions, we communicated through songs. But when our love blossomed, her parents had already found a suitable match for her. I blame myself for being a coward — I could and should have fought for her hand.

I wanted to see the world: In 1949, I secured admission to the mass communications course at the University of Columbia. Wanting to see other places on the way, I didn’t take a direct flight. I first went to Colombo, from where I sailed to Marseilles aboard the Champolean. I became friendly with a French traveller called Andre, who was depressed. One night, Andre jumped off the ship. I was both shocked and saddened.

I met Picasso: Once in France, I had a strong desire to meet Picasso. An elderly guard informed me that if I managed to get up at 4 am, I might catch Picasso taking a walk with his friends. I did what I was told and, to my surprise, I actually saw Picasso. I went up to him and said, ‘Sir, this is the best day of my life.’ His reply was rather jocular: ‘Hazarika is going to America after gathering information about me!’ Picasso wanted to test my knowledge and asked me which of his paintings was my favourite. I told him I liked his works from the Blue period. He was pleased and blessed me.

I felt humiliated in America: In America, I was taken to an island where a banner reading ‘For war prisoners’ had been put up. The officers there asked me why I wanted to study journalism in America when I had already been to Leeds. Questions such as ‘How will you solve the problem of poverty in your country?’ were thrust upon me. After interrogation, I was brought back to New York. Initially, America was a shock. The positive side was that I interacted with students from other countries and this gave me a global perspective.

I found my soulmate in Priyamvada: At Columbia, I became friends with Priyamvada, who was pursuing an MA degree in political science. She belongs to a well-known Patel family and is of the same stock as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. We fell in love, but my parents opposed the match. So, before we returned to India, we got married in America.

But we were not meant to be together: Priyamvada’s father, MM Patel, worked in Uganda but was subsequently removed from office. The family was in a precarious position and drifted from the UK to America. Meanwhile, we had returned to Assam and although I managed to sustain Priyamvada on my salary as a teacher, I did not deem it right to stop her from accepting a job in Canada. We had been married for 13 years when we separated. But we parted on good terms and still meet once a year.

I regret neglecting my son: I still regret the fact that I never spent enough time with our son Tej Bhupen Hazarika when he was a child. I am sure he regrets this as well. Today, we have come to know each other better as father and son. Tej has adopted Buddhism and stays in the US with his American wife. I try to meet my son and daughter-in-law as often as possible.

I became an MLA for a cause: After returning to Assam from America, I joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association and was involved with music as a movement. I sang ‘Ganga Behti Hai Kyun’ for Indira Gandhi. The song conveyed a message — of silent rebellion against the system. In 1967, someone suggested that I could make a difference by joining politics. I wanted a national theatre and a national art gallery for Assam. I believed that by helping set up a government-sponsored studio for films in the North-East, both tribals and non-tribals would feel they were in power. I contested the elections and became an MLA.

Kalpana, my secretary, is my adopted son: Since I never really nurtured my own son, Kalpana Lajmi, my secretary, has come to be my son. I met her for the first time through her uncle, Guru Dutt. In my 40-year-long association with her, she has been like a shadow. She has become my secretary and never lets me bother about my programme schedules.

MF Husain has given me my best compliment: MF Husain called me up from England and requested me to compose music for Gajagamini. I was surprised that he preferred me to music veterans such as Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. He said, ‘Bhupen, you paint when you sing. Your music paints, but my brush can’t sing.’ I think this is the ultimate way to describe my music.

Music is my life: Music elevates me to an indescribable feeling — a time when I feel weighty, yet modest. I am grateful to God for whatever I have attained. I only hope that music and the lyrical aspect of my life grows further.

Source from Times Of India

Romen Barua – Assamese Singer

In the keenly-competitive world of Assamese cinema, ensuring a conspicuous position as a film- maker, an actor or even as a musician is a pretty tough job. For, there are a fairly good number of talented people in almost every sphere of performing arts in the industry. But Romen Barua has succeeded in achieving that status which some of his contemporaries in the same line have failed to achieve. That is, assuring a durable place as a musician in the regional cinema. After all, he has the talent of immaculately composing and directing music and appropriately tuning it with the spirit of the situation. The result of which is some heart-rending and entertaining music.

Latest Assamese Songs

Romen Barua started off his film career, as a play back singer, and did play back singing for several Assamese feature films — Smritir Paras, Lokhimi, Mak Aru Morom, Lachit Barphukan and Amar Ghar — under the music direction of his elder brother, noted film-maker cum actor, Late Brojen Barua. But today he is more popular and better known as a music director than as a singer. For, ever since he had taken over the independent charge of music-direction from his elder brother in 1968, he concentrated more on this aspect of creative art than on doing any more play back singing.

Till date, he has been creating music for countless Assamese films, including two Bengali ones (Monima, 1974-75 and Dadu Nati Ebong Hati, 1978-79). Of which Antony Mur Nam directed by Nip Barua, in 1987, had earned him laurels for his brilliant music-composition. Unfortunately, despite his forte he has not been approached by any producer to give music for any other film.

Nevertheless, Barua’s popularity rose among the cine-goers as an accomplished music director with Brojen Barua’s much-hyped and highly-acclaimed film Dr Bezbarua, released in 1968-69, featuring a host of prominent artistes including Meghali Devi, Prathiva Thakur, Nipon Goswami and the Brojen Barua himself, in the lead role. Laced with gripping suspense and thrill it was deemed to be the first-ever thriller in Assamese filmdom, albeit in black and white, one of the major reasons of its becoming a commercially super-hit film was Romen Barua’s highly impressive and heart-rending as well as entertaining music. The musical numbers of the film such as Ki Nam di Matim, Tomar Padum Chokuti…, hogged the popularity charts owing to the marvellous orchestration of the songs to the exigencies of the sequences. These numbers still continue to touch our hearts with their lilting rendition.

After the success of Dr Bezbarua, in which he had made his debut as a musician, Romen Barua got a break at music-direction and from then on he independently directed the music of many a film including Baruar Sangsar (1969-70), Mukuta (1970), Ajali Nabau (1980), Kaka Deuta Nati Aru Hati (1983) and Antony Mur Nam (1987). In most of these films, he scored excellent music equalling the out and out success of Dr Bezbarua. However, the one thing that stood him out in the cluster of musicians was his style of music which was very different and unique.

But despite his tremendous creative potentiality and the release of Antony Mur Nam starring among others Biju Phukan, Purabi Sarma and late Durgeswar Barthakur, Romen Barua did not get any offer or invitation from any producer for music-orchestration for other films. But he continued to score music for TV serials and dramas.

When asked the reason behind his low profile during the past 13 years, since the release of the hit-film Antony Mur Nam, except for just two TV serials, Pratishabi and Lady Inspector, a palpably dejected Barua answered, “These days most producers do not attach much importance to music. Naturally, all those who have a minimum concept or knowledge of Indian and Western music are approached and asked to take up the assignments.”

Born in the early 1940s, Romen Barua had a rich cultural lineage. He hails from the famous Barua family, most members of which happen to be the prominent figures in Assamese cinema: Brojen Barua, Nip Barua and Dibon Barua, all of them being his elder brothers. Though his father, late Chandra Nath Barua, was an Engineer, he encouraged a regular evening function in his house in which Brojen Barua would play the guitar and the harmonium, Nip would play the flute and Dibon the tabla while Romen was the one who did the singing. It would be proper to mention here that his mother, Jonprabha Barua herself, was a very good singer who used to sing traditional folk songs. During his college days, Romen Barua had learnt many nuances of music from late Rudra Barua, a noted singer and lyricist Purusottam Das as well as Khogen Das, both classical singers. This in turn, instilled and boosted a much-needed confidence in him which later helped him as a playback singer which was well mirrored in Smritir Paras in which he had made his maiden appearance as a lead playback singer.

Approved composer of AIR, Guwahati, Romen was also one of the core members of the Audition Board of AIR for a prolonged stint. In 1979, on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of New Art Players’ — a leading Guwahati-based socio-cultural organisation, of which he was one of the founders, a LP record on Jyoti Sangeet was produced under his direction at Calcutta. His latest releases a cluster of five audio-cassettes containing some selected hit songs of some box-office hit films of yesteryears, such as Ki Nam Di Matim sung by his younger brother, the noted playback singer, Dipen Barua, has evoked spontaneous responses from the people, which is evident in the sale of about 50,000 albums.

Romen Barua who has the reputation of infusing life in an otherwise dull and boring theme by creating melodious music for it, is of the view that the Indian pop music, whether it be jazz, rock-an-role, all is a blend of both western and Indian music. He thinks that there is no harm in replicating the Western music if any good music can be created out of it after gathering something precious from it just as a bee does from different flowers. Or else, he feels it will sound discordant or distorted. The major snag, he adds, in Indian pop music with its heavy orchestration and the excessive use of the electronic instruments, reduces the beauty and melody as well as the feelings that are expressed in it.

Bhupen Hazarika – The Golden Voice of Assam

Bhupen Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika is a stalwart in the annals of India’s cultural heritage today.
A multifaceted genius, he is an outstanding poet, music composer, singer actor, journalist, author and film maker of the very highest repute. He is one of the living pioneers of the Assamese film industry in the Northeast, and has been therefore, rightly hailed as the uncrowned king of North-Eastern India’s cultural world.

EDUCATION :
Bhupen Hazarika was born in 1926, in Sadiya, Assam. An extremely academically prolific person, he did his Inter (Arts) in Guwahati in 1942, and went to the Banaras Hindu University to complete his B.A. in 1944 and his M.A. in Political Science in 1946.

Soon after, he left for New York, USA where he lived for five years and received his doctorate (PhD) in Mass Communication from Columbia University. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from Chicago University, USA to study the use of educational project development through cinema.

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMA :

Bhupen Hazarika is ranked amongst the leading film maker of the nation. He is probably the only living pioneer who is solely responsible for placing the fledging Assamese cinema all over India and also on the world cinema map. He has been the only person in the past 40 years to propagate for a better cinema movement and has integrated all the seven north-eastern states, including the tribal culture and traditions,through the medium of cinema. His remarkable popularity brought him to the legislative Assembly as an Independent member between 1967 to 1972, where he was solely responsible for installing the first state owned film studio of its kind ever, in India in Guwahati, Assam.

Bhupen Hazarika began his career in films as a child actor in the second talkie file to be made in the pioneering years of 1939 in the film “Indramalati”.

A prodigy whose genius was acknowledged from a very early age he wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10 after which there has been no looking back.

He has produced , directed, composed the background score and also featured on the tracks for the films “Era Bator Sur” in 1956, “Shakuntala” in 1960, “Pratidhwani” in 1978 , “Loti Ghoti” in 1967, “Chick Mick Bijuli” in 1971, “Mon Projapati” in 1978, “Swikarokti” in 1986, “Siraj” in 1988. He also directed , composed music and sang for “Mahut Bandhure” in 1958. He produced, directed and composed music for Arunachal Pradesh’s first Hindi feature film in color “Mera Dharam Meri Maa” in 1977. He directed a color documentary for the Arunachal Pradesh Government on Tribal folk songs and dances entitled “For Whom The Sun Shines” in 1974.

He produced and directed a documentary “Emuthi Saular Kahini” based on the co-operative movement for the Govt. of Assam entirely in a lyrical format. He produced and directed a half-hour documentary for Calcutta Doordarshan Kendra in 1977 on the folk songs and dances of north east India entitled “Through Melody and Rhythm”, he produced and composed music for five reeler color documentary to promote tourism for the Govt. of Assam in 1981. He produced and composed music for the internationally acclaimed award winning Hindi feature film “Ek Pal” in 1986, directed by Kalpana Lajmi, starring Shabana Azmi, Nasiruddin Shah, Faroque Shaikh. He produced and composed the music for the extremely popular television serial “Lohit Kinare” directed by Kalpana Lajmi based on famous short stories of Assam for the prime time National Network in 1988. He has been the Executive Producer as also the Music Composer for the recent award winning film in Hindi “Rudali” starring Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Amjad Khan and Rakhi.

He has won the President’s National Award for the best film maker thrice: for “Shakuntala”, “Pratidhwani”, and “Loti Ghoti” in 1960, 1964 and 1967 respectively. He won the Arunachal Pradesh Government’s Gold Medal in 1977 for his outstanding contribution towards Tribal Welfare, and Upliftment of Tribal Culure through cinema and music composer in India in 1977 for the Assamese film “Chameli Memsaab”.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika has been the Chairman, Eastern Region on the Appellate Body of the Central Board of the Central Boad of Film Censors, Government of India for 9 yrs. consecutively till 1990.

He is on the Script Committee of the National Film Development Corporation, Eastern India.

He is the director on the national level on the Board of Directors of National Film Development Corporation, Government of India.

He was the Executive Council Member of the Children Film Society (N’CYP) headed by Mrs. Jaya Bachchan . He is the member of the Board of Trustees for the Poor Artists Welfare Fund, Government of India. He was the Chairman of the Jury of the National Film Awards in 1985 to 1990. he is at present also on the Governing Council for policy making decisions for the Film and Television Institute, Government of India, Pune.

The information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India bestowed the honor of Producer Emeritus on him.

Bhupen Hazarika was also a member of P.C.Joshi Committee appointed by the Information Ministry for revitalizing software programming through television for the coming 21st century.

He has rendered music in outstanding Bengali films, such as “Jiban Trishna”, “Jonkir Alo”, “Mahut Bandhure”, “Kari o Komal”, “Asamapta”, “Ekhane Pinjar”, “Dampati”, “Chameli Memsaab”, “Dui”, “Bechara”, and Hindi films like “Arop”, “Ek Pal”, and “Rudaali”. He has in 1995 given music for Sai Paranjype’s Hindi feature film “Papiha” and Bimal Dutta’s Hindi feature film “Pratimurti”.

In 1996 he has composed music for Plus Channel’s Hindi feature film “Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe” directed by Lekh Tandon starring Meenakshi Sheshadri.

In 1996 he has also composed for Plus Channel’s Hindi feature film “Saaz” directed by Sai Paranjype starring Shaban Azmi.

In 1996 he has composed music for Pan Pictures Hindi feature film “Darmiyaan” starring Kiron Kher and Tabu directed and written by Kalpana Lajmi.

In 1998 he has composed music for Hindi feature film “Gajagamini” written and directed by eminent painter Mr. M.F.Hussain.

He had produced a 52 episodes tele serial titled “Dawn” for telecast on Star TV, The serial casts Shabana Aazmi, Mona Ambegaonkar, Deepa Lagoo, Tom Alter and others.

He has also produced another 18 part documentary entitled “Glimpses of the Misty East” on the soio economic and cultural progress in North Eastern India from 1947 to 1997 , assigned to him by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India for celebration of Fifty years of India’s independence.

In 2000 he has composed music for Hindi feature film “Daman” and had written the story of the film “Chingaari” directed by Ms. Kalpana Laajmi.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN MUSIC AND CULTURE :

He is considered today the last of the great mass singers and the only great ballad singer alive in India. Involved in the Indian movement from his very childhood, till today he writes and composes masterpieces teaming with social consciousness which are in striking contrast to his famous love songs. besides being associated with films, Bhupen Hazarika has won the hearts of the entire Indian people through his discs through which he has rendered some of his finest compositions.

For Bhupen Hazarika music has always been his first love. He met Paul Robson with whom he became closely associated between 1949 and 1955 in USA. It was during this period he was awarded a Gold Medallion in New York as the best interpreter of India’s folk songs by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Bhupen Hazarika sings in numerous languages but writes his lyrics and poems in his home language, Assamese.

Bhupen Hazarika has rightly been hailed as India’s Cultural Ambassador abroad for placing the folk music of Eastern India on the map of world folk music.

He has traveled widely as a Delegate to Conferences on Mass Communication, Poetry, Music, Performing Arts and Cinema from the Belgium Congo to Samarkand, from the Mississipi to Danube, to Europe, Canada, South-East Asia, Japan, USA, UK, and Australia.

He represented India in Berlin at the World Conference of Composers who used songs as an instrument in social change. He was given the honor of inaugurating the World seminar in congress Hall with his own songs on the liberation of Bangladesh.

Bhupen Hazarika’s popularity is so tremendous as performing artist,that for the last 50 years he has been the biggest crowd puller and was honored for the Golden Jubilee of his singing career in 1991.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN LITERATURE :

Bhupen Hazarika has been conferred the highest honor by making him the president of Sahitya Sabha in 1993.
He is one of the leading author/poets of Assam and has to his credit more than one thousand lyrics and more than fifteen major books on short stories, essays, travelogues, poems and children’s rhymes.

He is an extremely popular Journalist and editor for the past two decades of the popular monthlies “Amar Pratinidhi” and “Pratidhwani”.

HONOURS CONFERRED:

The country bestowed its greatest honor on him, the Padamshree in 1977 for outstanding contribution to the field of culture in India.

In 1977 he won two awards in West Bengal. The Bangla Chalachitra Prasar Samity and the Bangla Chalchitra Purashkar Samity for being the best music director of the film ‘Dampati”. In 1978 he won two awards from Bangladesh Journalists Association and the Bangladesh film industry.

The Gramophone Company of India bestowed on him the Gold Disc for his outstanding contribution towards Indian Music in 1978.

In 1979 and 1980 he won the Ritwick Ghatak Award as best music directors for two theatre plays “Mohua Sundari” and “Nagini Kanyar Kahini”.

In 1979 he won the All India Critic Association Award for the best performing folk artist in India.

In 1987 he was conferred the National Citizen’s Award at New Delhi for his outstanding excellence in music.

Source from Bhupenhazarika.com

Assam Bihu Dance Video

Do you like Assamese Music? Assamese Music is very sweet. If you are new to the world of Assamese Music, then we want to request you to give it a try! In most of the Assamese Music, you will find the touch of folk tunes. And out of all the folk tunes, Bihu tunes are the most famous in Assam. Bihu Songs hold an important role in Assamese Music Industry. Every years thousands of new Bihu Songs are released.

Assamese Bihu Dance Song

All of them are not perfect or good. Then also in most of the songs, you will find the smell of Assam! Sorry we want to mean about the Assamese people, Assamese culture, Assamese traditions etc. In this site, we will try to feature some good Assamese Music.

But, as there is no boundary for music, you can see some western touch in new Assamese Songs and Videos. Many people don’t like it. But, we think that, if you are not forgetting your roots, then everything is okey! So, though many modern songs and videos are being produced in Assam, there are also lots of good, original Assamese Songs and Videos. People like both of them. Afterall it is a matter of choice and taste.

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