Bhupen Hazarika is one of the most well-known personalities from Assam, India. Born in , in Sadiya, Assam, he holds an M. A. in Political Science in Some Lesser Known Facts About Bhupen Hazarika Did Bhupen Hazarika smoke ?: Not Known Did Bhupen Hazarika drink alcohol?: Yes Bhupen Hazarika while. Dr. Hazarika was born on 8th Sept, , in Sadiya, Assam. He was born to the family of Neelkantha Hazarika, a teacher. Bhupen Hazarika did his Inter (Arts) in .

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One of the most important cultural figures of north-east India, Bhupen Hazarika, who has died aged 85, used music, cinema and the written word to stitch political ideology and ancient traditions into the fabric of popular culture.

His distinguished career as a film-maker, singer, lyricist and political activist spanned 70 years. He won many major awards in India and leaves an impressive body of work that includes more bioraphy 1, songs.

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The eldest of 10 children, Hazarika was born in the village of Sadiya, Assam. He said his musical talent came from his mother, Shantipriya: By the time he was 10, Hazarika was writing songs and a year later gave his first performance on the hugely popular All India Radio. In the youngster hazariks a star after delivering a song in the Assamese language film Indramalati.


Instead of capitalising on his newfound fame, Hazarika was biogarphy towards India’s struggle for independence. He surrounded himself with intellectuals including the Assamese poet and film-maker Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, who had directed Indramalati, and soon found the connection between education and freedom.

My music and, later, my film scripts portrayed that ethnic anger I suffered from.

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Despite immersing himself in his studies, he carried on singing. He wanted to see other places on the way, so he sailed via France. 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. Hazwrika was also befriended, and heavily influenced musically, by the singer Paul Robeson.

Apart from soaking up American folk music, Hazarika joined Robeson on civil rights rallies. He returned to Assam and began teaching at Gauhati University in He managed to arrange a meeting with India’s biggest singing star Lata Mangeshkar.

The minute biograhy sang for my film, distributors clamoured to buy my film. Hazarika put Assamese cinema on the map in the decades that hazari,a that initial hit and in he was given India’s highest film honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke award, for his immense contribution.


He was named best composer in India in for his music for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab. Hasarika was a prolific and popular songwriter; his songs connected with the masses because the lyrics often touched on important social issues or promised a bright future. He received the government awards Padmashree in and Padma Bhushan in Estranged from his first wife and son, Hazarika met Kalpana Lajmi in He helped her become a critically acclaimed film-maker and delivered songs for her movies, mostly notably the hit Rudaali Weeping Womanfor which he won a best music award at the Asia-Pacific film festival.

Bhupen Hazarika

He also composed for television, wrote books and made a name for himself as a poet. He refused to retire and earlier this year sang for the experimental Bollywood movie Gandhi to Hitler. Hazarika is survived by Lajmi and his son.