Bhupen Hazarika (1926–2011): was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood; and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notable in Bengali, and Hindi. Known for writing bold lyrics with themes of communal amity, universal justice and empathy, his songs have become popular among all sections of ethnic and religious communities in Assam, besides West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is acknowledged widely in the Hindi film industry for introducing Hindi film to the sounds and folk music of Assam and Northeast India. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour in 2012.As a singer, Hazarika was known for his baritone voice and diction; as a lyricist, he was known for poetic compositions and parables which touched on themes ranging from romance to social and political commentary; and as a composer, for his use of folk music.[citation needed] Some of his most famous compositions were adaptations of American Black Spiritual that he had learned from Paul Robeson, whom he had befriended during his years in New York City in the early 1950s.After completing his MA he briefly worked at the All India Radio station at Guwahatibefore embarking for his doctoral studies at Columbia University. Soon after completing his education, he became a teacher at the Gauhati University.He was elected the President of the Asam Sahitya Sabha in 1993.


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