Guwahati 4th Nov 2011: The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) in profound grief has condoled the demise of legendary singer, composer, director over all ‘Music Maestro’ Asom Ratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika 86. The legend passed away at 4:30pm on Saturday at the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital due to multiple organ failure.
Dr Hazarika was closely associated with the Gorkhas since his birth in 1926, at Sadiya in Tinsukia district of Upper Assam, a Gorkha populated area. He hugely adrored the Gorkha tradition and culture wore the vadgawley ‘Gorkha Cap’ through out his life. He also sang Kopili Noir parat Gorkha Gaburu Joni…. on seeing a Gorkha damsel fetching water in clay pots on the bank of Kopili river in Assam’ recalled Nanda Kirati Dewan the AAGSU leader.
Bhupen Hazarika also sang famous Hindi songs like “Dil hoom hoom kare” and “Ganga behti ho kyun”.
Dewan stated that Condolences meeting in aegis of AAGSU and allied Gorkha literary and cultural organizations will be held across the state to pay rich tribute and homage to the legend. He added that it is an irreparable loss to mankind, a historic loss indeed.
Bhupen Hazarika did his Intermediate in Guwahati in 1942, and went on to Banaras Hindu University where he did his M A in Political Science in 1946. Soon after, he did PhD from Columbia varsity in New York in Mass Communication. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from Chicago University, USA to study the use of educational project development through cinema. Dr Hazarika was also ranked amongst the leading film makers of the nation. It was he who dared to propagate the cinema movement with unputdownable contribution which is why, he was awarded dada Saheb Phalke award. As an Independent MLA from 1967 to 1972 he did everything possible to set up the first government film studio named after Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla.
Hazarika earned reputation of a notable film maker with Era Batar Sur, Shakuntala, Pratidhwani, Lotighoti, Chick Mick Bijuli, Mon Projapati and Siraj. In 1992, he presided the Assam Sahitya Sabha in its Sivasagar session. Last year, he was given the Assam Ratna award. Asom Ratna dr. Bhupen Hazarika is immortal in terms of his service to music and humanity.