Dr.Bhupen Hazarika Biography

The golden voice of Assam, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika is a singer, lyricist, music director, poet and director who enjoys cult status in the entire Northeast, West Bengal and even Bangladesh. Born in the remote town of Sadiya of Assam in 1926, he came to Guwahati for his Intermediate in Arts from Cotton College, Guwahati in 1942 before moving on to the Banaras Hindu University where he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He then went over to the United States to earn a doctorate in Mass Communication from the Columbia University.

He started singing on All India Radio in 1937 at the tender age of eleven, apart from appearing as a child artiste in an Assamese movie. His stint in politics began when he entered the Assam Assembly in the 1960s as an independent MLA. He was also the President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, the premier literary body in Assam.

He has composed the music for many Hindi movies and is most well-known for his compositions in the Hindi movie Rudaali. Besides, he has also produced many serials for Doordarshan. Dr. Bhupen Hazarika received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema. He contested the Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully from Guwahati on a BJP ticket in the 2004 elections. He has enthralled generations of people in his native state of Assam and various parts of the globe.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika passed away on November 5th 2011 in Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute due to multiple organ failure. He was 85 years old.

Facts about Dr.Bhupen Hazarika

Names Dr.Bhupen Hazarika
Full Name Bhupen Hazarika
Nick Name  
Date of Birth 8-Sep-26
Birth Place Sadiya, Assam, British India
Zodiac sign Virgo
Nationality Indian
Profession Musician, singer, poet, filmmaker, lyricist
Father's Name Bharalumukh region
Mother's name  
Marital status Priyamvada Patel
Hometown  
Education He studied at Sonaram High School at Guwahati, Dhubri Government High School and matriculated from Tezpur High School in 1940. He completed his Intermediate Arts from Cotton College in 1942, and his BA (1944) and MA (1946) in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University. For a brief period he worked at All India Radio, Guwahati when he won a scholarship from Columbia University and set sail for New York in 1949. There he earned a PhD (1952) on his thesis "Proposals for Preparing India's Basic Education to use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education" he holds an M. A. in Political Science in 1946. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Beranes Hindu University, and a PhD in Mass Communication from the Columbia University, New York, where he came in contact with,and was greatly influenced by, Paul Robeson. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from the Chicago University, USA.
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