The bard of Brahmaputra fell silent for eternity on November 5, 2011 at the age of 85 when maestro composer, singer, writer Bhupen Hazarika passed away. No artiste has matched pre and post colonial era has matched his contribution to his land which has motivated from and for the people of his region. His songs written and sung in many Indian Languages were marked by humanity and universal brotherhood, his writing inspired communal amity, universal justice and empathy. His unforgettable ‘Dil hoom hoom karre…’ in Ruddali is a masterpiece from the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee who was a former Chairman of Sangeet Natak Academy of India. Recently been awarded posthumously with the Padma Vibhusan, Bhupenda has, through his ballads and folk tunes touched different soils and enriched his journey of life. Nehru Centre (the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission)will be honoring the maestro on 6 September at The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1H. His Excellency, Mr. Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, Bangladesh High Commissioner will be the chief guest.
Bhawana Somaaya / @bhawanasomaaya