Bhupen Dai can ask the question – Why does the Ganges flow?

Bhupen Da met Paul Robeson in New York. Folk singer Paul Robeson was fighting against racism in America. Robson left an impression on Bhupen Da in many ways.

Bhupen Hazarika

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How do you remember Bhupen Da? Lyricist, Composer, Singer, Poet, Journalist, Actor, Film-Director, Screenwriter, Painter. All these contacts belong to the same personality. Obviously introducing them is not an easy task. Gulzar Sahib said this for Bhupen Hazarika. Lata Mangeshkar used to say – “I know Assam as Bhupen Hazarika. Bhupen Hazarika sings in many languages, but whenever his pen deals with the culture of Assam, the Brahmaputra River, folk traditions and social issues, the language is Assamese. He wrote more than thousand songs and poems. He has written fifteen books. These include short stories, essays, travelogues and poetry for children. Search engine Google is also remembering him on his birthday today.

Bhupen Hazarika also studied at BHU

Bhupen Hazarika was born in 1926 in Sadia, Assam. He did intermediate from Guwahati in the forties. Then came to Banaras Hindu University. He did BA in 1944 and MA in Political Science in 1946 from BHU. He then moved to New York where he stayed for five years and earned a PhD in mass communication from Columbia University. Bhupen Da met Paul Robeson in New York. Folk singer Paul Robeson was fighting against racism in America. Robson left an impression on Bhupen Da in many ways. Bhupen Hazarika’s voice made the first impression. Everyone feels this effect. In his voice there are moans, groans, discontent, rebellion, pain of the oppressed-neglected and unanswered questions.

Why does the Ganges flow? Later the same song was also sung in Bengali and Hindi, which is related to Ganga. Paul Robeson was another influence on Bhupen’s thinking. In Kalpana Lajmi’s Darmian film, she is heard singing for eunuchs- the foreigners of the world started here, what they went through on the heart, they knew their heart. In Aami O Mera Saya they sang for the kahars – angke-banke raj pe sakhte liye hai, raja maharajaon ka dola, re dola.. the story of women working in tea plantations. The story of Ramaiah Majhi, who once became a cradle. Sea Waves – It was about that day, Ramaiya went to the sea with a boat…

Dil hum hum kar ne karane

This Rudali movie song is immortal. It is sung by Lataji, but after listening to the song one realizes that this song is only for Bhupen Da’s voice. Bhupen did not divide good music into new and old. In an interview he said about the new musicians – today we have AR Rahman, he knows the veins of the new generation. Like Salil Chowdhury, he has an excellent understanding of Hindustani and Western music. He also uses North Indian folk music in his tunes. He just needs to be careful not to become a commodity under market pressure. Bhupen Dao liked artists like Hariharan, Ilayaraja. Bhupen Da missed Hemant Kumar very much. In fact, Hemant Kumar introduced him to all the big music directors and singers of Mumbai. It was Hemant Kumar who took Bhupen to Lata Mangeshkar’s house for the first time.

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Kalpana Lajmi was with Bhuppen Da till his last breath

Bhupen Da’s relationship with film director Kalpana Lajmi ranges from professional to personal. Its story is interesting. In the 80s, he composed music for Kalpana Lajmi’s film Ek Pal. The TV serial Lohit Kinre, which recognized Kalpana, also had music by Bhupen Da. After that Bhupen Kalpana was a part of popular films like Lajmir Rudali, Darmayan, Daman, Chingari and Keon. When these two came close, Bhupen Da was 45 years old and Kalpana was 17 years old. Bhupen Da also had a son from his first wife. But Kalpana stayed with Bhupen Da till his last breath. She did not hesitate to admit that she was Bhupen Hazarika’s wife.

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