Google released a special Doodle on Thursday, September 8, 2022, to commemorate Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s 96th birthday, an accomplished Indian musician, composer, and director. On this day in 1926, Hazarika, a composer for countless motion pictures, was born in Assam.
“I wish Bhupen Hazarika a happy birthday! Your music and movies continue to arouse admiration for Assam’s rich culture “said Google.
The artwork honours Hazarika’s efforts to popularise Assamese movies and folk music and is illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Rutuja Mali, it was informed.
As a child, Hazarika was immersed in songs and legends about living beside the great Brahmaputra River. His musical prowess caught the notice of renowned Assamese writer Jyotiprasad Agarwala and director Bishnu Prasad Rabha, who were the pinnacles of Assam’s rich cultural past.
Did you know that Assamese-Indian child prodigy Bhupen Hazarika started writing music and singing for movie studios at the age of just 12?
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Hazarika’s debut song, which began his musical career at the age of 10, was recorded with the assistance of Agarwala and Rabha.
By the time she was 12 years old, Hazarika had already written and recorded songs for two Indramalati movies, Kaxote Kolosi Loi and Biswo Bijoyi Naujawan.
BHU awarded Bhupen Hazarika a master’s degree in political science.
In 1946, Bhupen Hazarika received his master’s in political science from Banaras Hindu University. Later, in 1952, he completed his studies at Columbia University to receive a Ph.D. in mass communication.
Dr. Hazarika returned to India after finishing his studies in the United States to carry on his work on songs and movies that helped Assamese culture gain national and international recognition.
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Numerous honours, such as the Bharat Ratna and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, have been bestowed to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika received several honours for his extraordinary contributions to music and culture throughout the course of his six-decade career, including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
In 2019, the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, was given to him posthumously.