Playback singer, lyricist, poet, musician, and filmmaker from India, Bhupen Hazarika was also known for his songwriting. In common parlance, he is referred to as “Sudhakantha,” and he is also called the “Bard of Brahmputra.” Songs in the Assamese language that he has sung, created, and written on topics such as communal amity, universal justice, and empathy have been performed by him and can be found online. In the northeastern part of India, the locals refer to him as “Manu…Man.”
Bhupen Hazarika Biography
On September 8, 1926, Bhupen Hazarika was born in Sadiya, which was located in the Assam Province of British India. He passed away on September 8, 2016, at the age of 85. He was born under the sign of the Virgo. He was the firstborn child of Shantipriya and Nilakanta Hazarika, who collectively gave birth to ten children.
His educational career began at the Sonaram High School in Guwahati, continued at the Dhubri Government High School, and culminated in 1940 with his graduation from Tezpur High School. In 1942, he graduated from Cotton College with an Intermediate Arts degree. He attended Banaras Hindu University for both his undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science. He was awarded a scholarship to continue his education at Columbia University when he was living in Guwahati, and he moved to New York in 1949 to pursue his studies there. There, he earned his doctorate from Columbia University in the fields of Rural Education and Mass Communication. His dissertation, titled “Proposals for Preparing India’s Basic Education to use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education,” earned him the title of Doctor of Philosophy in the year 1952. In addition to that, Chicago University awarded him a Lisle Fellowship so that he could investigate the use of educational film in the development of projects.
His mother was the first person in his life to have an impact on him, and she was the one who introduced him to lullabies and Assamese folk music. Because his father was looking for a new job, the family moved to the Bharalumukh neighborhood of Guwahati when he was a little child. He grew up there. In 1932, he relocated to Dhubri with his father. In 1935, he returned back to Tezpur with his father. It was there that he was found by Jyotiprasad Agarwala, a well-known Assamese lyricist, dramatist, and the first Assames Filmmaker, and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a well-known Assamese artist, and revolutionary poet, who helped him develop his ability. At the Bhatkhande School of Music, he received instruction from Bishnu Prasad Rabha.
Bhupen Hazarika Age
On September 8th, 1926, Bhupen Hazarika was brought into this world.
Bhupen Hazarika Career
His formal education came to an end in 1942 when he graduated from Tezpur High School, and in 1946 he received his Master of Arts in Political Science from Cotton College. Later on, he attended Columbia University, where he not only completed his doctoral studies in 1952 but also married his future wife, Priyamvada Patel. Together, they are the parents of his one and only child, a daughter named Tez Hazarika.
In the Assam Legislative Assembly, he served as an Independent MLA from 1967 to 1972. In 2004, he ran for the Lok Sabha election as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was a legendary figure, and his baritone voice and impeccable diction will live on in the annals of musical history forever. As a poet and lyricist, he will be known for the literary compositions and parables that he wrote. The people of Bangladesh ranked his song Manush Manusher Jonno as the second-best song in the country, behind only their national anthem. In 1986, a movie called “Moi Eti Zazabor” (which translates to “I am a Wanderer”) was made into a biopic on him. The honor of the Bharat Ratna was bestowed to him posthumously in the year 2019, in recognition of all of his accomplishments.
Bhupen Hazarika Political Career
Between the years 1967 and 1972, he was a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the Nauboicha Constituency as an independent. In the Lok Sabha Elections of 2004, he ran as a candidate for the BJP from the Guwahati Constituency, however he was unsuccessful and lost to the INC’s Kirip Chaliha.
Bhupen Hazarika Family, Relatives and Other Relations
He was born to Nilakanta Hazarika(Father) & Shantipriya(Mother) Hazarika. He was the oldest of ten children, and his younger brother Jayanta Hazarika, who was also a well-known Assamese musician, was one of his younger brothers. His brother Jayanta Hazarika passed away on October 15th, 1977, when he was 34 years old. In 1950, he wed Priyam Hazarika. They had no children. Tej Hazarika, the couple’s son, was born in 1952. He was named after both of them. His sister-in-law, the Indian playback singer Manisha Hazarika, and his nephew, the playback singer Mayukh Hazarika, are both members of his musical family.
- When it was revealed in 2019 that Bhupen would be awarded the Bharat Ratna, Bhupen’s son Tej referred to the honor as “a display of short-lived cheap thrills.” Tez asserted that when his father Bhupen was being honored with India’s highest civilian honour, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was being voted on and passed in Lok Sabha, despite the fact that this bill went against his father’s beliefs and the position he held.
- In 2009, Bhupen was the source of much debate. During the legislative elections in Assam in 2004, he voiced his dissatisfaction with the incumbent government of Tarun Gogoi. In response, he sang a song that lauded Gogoi’s administration.
- Artist(s): Pablo Picasso, M. F. Husain
- Painting(s): ‘The Tragedy,’ ‘The Blue Nude,’ ‘The Woman,’ ‘Child by the Sea,’ and ‘Le Celestina’ by Picasso, ‘Saraswati’ by M. F. Husain
- Movies: Bicycle Thieves (1948), Black (2005)
- Playwright: Vijay Tendulkar
- Plays: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
- Theatre Artist:
Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Bhupen Hazarika
- At the age of 13, he wrote his first song.
- At the age of 10, he started singing because of his interest in singing since childhood.
- He wrote a thousand songs and even 15 books in his lifetime.
- In 1993, he became the first Indian to win the award for Best Music for the film Rudaali at the Asia Pacific International Film Festiva held in Japan.
- In 2019, the Government of India honored him with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.
- The India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor on 03-05-2013.
- The 2nd commemorative postage stamp was issued by the India Post in his honor on 30-12-2016.
- Google honored him with a Google Doodle on his 96th birth anniversary i.e. 08-09-2022.
Bhupen Hazarika Awards and Honours
- In 1960, President’s medal for his films Shakuntala (1960), Pratidhwani (1964) and Lotighoti (1967).
- From 1967-72, he was a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly.
- In 1976, he received the National Award for Best Music Director for Chameli Memsaab.
- In 1977, he was awarded Padma Shri.
- In 1979, he won Arunachal Pradesh Government’s Gold Medal for his contribution towards Tribal Welfare and the Upliftment of Tribal Culture through cinema.
- In 1987, Sangeet Natak Akademy Award.
- From 1999-2004, he was the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademy.
- He was also a member of the Assam Film Development Council and the Central Board of Film Certification.
- He was appointed as a member of the Prasar Bharati Board in 2003.
- He received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1992.
- In 2001, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan.
- In 2009, he received the Asom Ratna award.
- In 2012, posthumously, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
- In 2019, posthumously, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna.
Health Issues, Illness and Death Info
At the age of 85, Bhupen Hazarika passed away on November 5th, 2011, in the city of Mumbai, which is located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He was hospitalized to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai because he was experiencing difficulties that were associated with advancing age. After suffering from failure of multiple organs, he took his last breath in the hospital. On September 11th, 2011, he was cremated in the area around the Brahmaputra River.
Bhupen Hazarika Networth
It was said that Bhupen Hazarika was valued at approximately $10 million.