Bhupen Hazarika Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Bhupen Hazarika was born on Wednesday September 8, 1926 (at the age of 85; at the time of death) in Sadiya, Assam province, British India. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

Full Name Dr. Bhupen Hazarika
Nickname Sudhakantha
Profession(s) Musician, Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Filmmaker
Physical Stats & More
Eye Colour Light Brown
Hair Colour Black
Political Party Bharatiya Janata Party
Political Journey • In 1967, he was elected as a member in the Assam Legislative Assembly from Nauboicha constituency and served as an independent MLA from 1967 to 1972.
• In 2004, he joined BJP and contested in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls as a BJP candidate from the Guwahati constituency, but lost.
Debut Singing (As a Child Artist): Kaxote Kolosi Loi from the film Indramalati (1939)
Singing: Siraj (1948)
Film Director: Era Bator Sur (1956)
Famous Assamese Songs • Moi Eti Jajabor
• Bistirno Parore
• Ganga Mor Maa
• Manuhe Manuhor Babey
• Bimurto Mur Nixati Jen
• Gupute Gupute Kimaan Khelim, and more
Famous Hindi Songs • Dil Hoom Hoom Kare
• Samay O Dhire Chalo
• Betain Na Betain Na Raina
• Ek Kali Do Pattiyan, and more
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Padma Shri (1977)
• Gold Medal from Arunachal Pradesh State Government for “Outstanding Contribution towards Tribal Welfare and Upliftment of Tribal Culture through Cinema and Music (1979)
• Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987)
• Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992)

• Padma Bhushan (2001)

• Akademi Ratna Award by the Sangeet Natak Akademi (2008)

• Asom Ratna by the State of Assam (2009)

• Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) (2012)

• Honoured with the title “Biswa Ratna” by Asom Sahitya Sabha
• Lifetime Achievement Award at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati

Institutes/Places Named After Him • Bhupen Hazarika Museum inside Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra, Guwahati, Assam

• The All Assam Students Union built a life size statue of Bhupen Hazarika on the banks of Digholi Pukhuri in Guwahati (February 2009)

• Assam Cricket Association renamed the Barshapara Cricket Stadium as Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium (2010)

• India Post honoured him with commemorative postage stamps (in 2013 and 2016)

• Bhupen Hazarika Setu or The Dhola–Sadiya Bridge (connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) (opened on 26 May 2017)

Personal Life
Date of Birth 8 September 1926
Birthplace Sadiya, Assam Province, British India
Date of Death 5 November 2011
Place of Death Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Age (at the time of death) 85 Years
Death Cause Multiple Organ Failure
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Virgo
Nationality Indian
Hometown Guwahati, Assam, India
School • Sonaram High School, Guwahati, Assam
• Dhubri Government High School, Assam
• Tezpur High School, Assam
College/University • Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam
• Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
• Columbia University, New York
Educational Qualification(s) • Intermediate Arts from Cotton College (1942)
• Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1944)
• Master of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1946)
• PhD from Columbia University, New York (1952)
Religion Not Known
Hobbies Reading, Writing, Singing, Watching Films
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Lata Mangeshkar [1]

Kalpana Lajmi (Film Director) [2]

Marriage Date 1950
Wife/Spouse Priyamvada Patel
Children Son– Tej Hazarika
Daughter– Not Known
Parents Father– Nilakanta Hazarika
Mother– Shantipriya Hazarika
Siblings Brother– Jayanta Hazarika (Singer)

Sister– Sushma Hazarika

Note: He had total 9 siblings.


Interesting Facts About Bhupen Hazarika

  • Did Bhupen smoke Hazarika ?: Not known
  • Did Bhupen Hazarika drink alcohol ?: Yes
  • Bhupen Hazarika was the eldest child of his parents under 10 children.
  • In 1929, his father Nilakanta Hazarika moved with the family to the Bharalumukh region in Guwahati. Then he moved to Dhubri in 1932 and Tezpur in 1935 to have better prospects.
  • He was interested in music since childhood, so his mother introduced him to traditional Assamese music and lullabies at a young age.
  • He was first discovered by Bishnu Prasad Rabha (an Assamese artist) and Jyotiprasad Agarwala (an Assamese lyricist) at the age of 10 when he sang a Borgeet (traditional Assamese prayer songs) at a public event.
  • In 1936 both Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Jyotiprasad Agarwala brought him to Calcutta, where he recorded the first song of his life for the Selona Company in the Aurora Studio.
  • He wrote the first song of his life, “Agnijugor Firingoti Moi” when he was 13 years old.
  • After completing his MA, he started working at All India Radio, Guwahati. After a short time he received a scholarship from Columbia University for his doctorate and moved to New York in 1949.
  • In New York he became a good friend of Paul Robeson (a singer) who influenced him more in music and his song Bistirno Parore. Bhupen then translated the song into several Indian languages ​​such as Hindi and Bengali.
  • At Columbia University, he met Priyamvada Patel, who became his wife in 1950. The couple were blessed with a child, Tez Hazarika, in 1952 and returned to India in 1953.
  • After returning to India from the United States, he began working as a teacher at Gauhati University.
  • In 1953 he started a close association with the left IPTA (Indian People’s Theater Association). In 1955 he was appointed Secretary of the Reception Committee of the third IPTA All Assam Conference in Guwahati.
  • A few years later, after working as a teacher at Gauhati University, he quit his job and moved to Kolkata, where he started a new journey of his life and established himself as a successful singer, filmmaker, and music director. He directed and composed music for various films, including Shakuntala and Pratidhwani.
  • He is known to set a new trend in Bengali music. The Jivanmukhi Geet, the popular genre of West Bengal that was launched by Kabir Suman in the 1990s, is known to be influenced by Bhupen Hazarika.
  • In 1993 he was appointed President of the Asam Sahitya Sabha. In the same year he was awarded the Best Music Award for the film “Rudaali” at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival in Japan and was the first Indian to receive this award.
  • From December 1998 to December 2003 he was chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • In 2011 he recorded the songs for the film “Gandhi to Hitler”; That was his last film.
  • He died on November 5, 2011 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. The singer’s body was cremated on a plot of land near the Brahmaputra River. donated by Gauhati University.
  • He had voiced for several films including Rudaali (1993), Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe (1989), Saaz (1997), Gajagamini (1998), Daman (2000), Kyon (2003) etc.
  • He had also composed music for several Bangladeshi films.
  • He had received the President’s National Award three times for the films “Pratidhwani”, “Sakuntala” and “Loti Ghoti” as well as the National Award for the best music director for his film “Chameli Memsaab”.
  • During his long career he had written numerous songs and almost 15 books, including “Demystifying Dr. Bhupen Hazarika: Looking for Education for India” and “Winged Horse: 76 Assamese Songs”.

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