Birthday of Bhupen Hazarika: Google celebrated the 96th birthday of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, an acclaimed Indian singer, composer and filmmaker, with a special Doodle. Hazarika, who composed the music for hundreds of films, was born on this day in 1926 in Assam.
“Happy Birthday, Bhupen Hazarika! Their songs and films continue to demand respect for Assam’s rich culture,” Google said.
“Illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Rutuja Mali, the artwork celebrates Hazarika’s work in popularizing Assamese cinema and folk music,” it added.
As a child, Hazarika grew up surrounded by songs and folk tales about life on the mighty Brahmaputra River, and his musical talent caught the attention of renowned Assamese lyricist Jyotiprasad Agarwala and filmmaker Bishnu Prasad Rabha, who were the doyens of Assam’s wealthy cultural history.
Did you know that Bhupen Hazarika was an Assamese-Indian prodigy who started singing and composing music for film studios at the age of just 12!?
Agarwala and Rabha helped Hazarika record his first song which launched his music career at the age of 10.
At the age of 12, Hazarika wrote and recorded songs for two films – Indramalati: Kaxote Kolosi Loi and Biswo Bijoyi Naujawan.
Bhupen Hazarika graduated from BHU with a Masters in Political Science
Bhupen Hazarika graduated from Banaras Hindu University in 1946 with a master’s degree in political science. He then earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Columbia University in 1952.
After completing his studies in America, Dr. Hazarika returned to India to continue working on songs and films that popularized Assamese culture on both a national and global scale.
dr Bhupen Hazarika has won several awards like Bharat Ratna, Dadasaheb Phalke Award
During his six-decade career, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika several prestigious awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his outstanding contribution to music and culture.
He was also posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, in 2019.