Commemorating Dr Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011) Friends of Assam Seven Sisters (FASS)

Date:16.09.2016
Time:05:30 pm
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Date:16 September 2016
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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A multi-faceted genius, Dr Bhupen Hazarika was a poet, lyricist, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker of the very highest repute. He was honoured with the Padma Shri (1977) for his outstanding contribution to the field of culture in India, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution to development of Indian cinema (1993), the Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2012).

Dr Hazarika’s vision encompasses the entire world, reflecting the mood and passion of the oppressed and downtrodden in his ballads and folk tunes he picked up from different soils he came across. Hailed as the uncrowned king of the lands from Bengal, Bangladesh and entire North-East, Dr Hazarika made his debut as a lyricist / music composer and sang his first song at the age of seven, Agni Yugor Phiringoti Moi Natun Asom Godhim Natun Bharat Godhim (I am born in the age of fi re I shall create a new Assam, I shall create a new India by accosting social evils with bones of the dead). He has also been the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Programme will include a panel discussion, exhibition of photographs with live music performances.

Inauguration: Mr. Dinesh K. Patnaik Deputy High Commissioner of lndia Guest of honor: Lord Meghnad Desai Compere: Lalit Mohan Joshi, Co-founder of the South Asian Cinema Foundation, a film historian, critic and former BBC Broadcast Journalist & Pritha Roy

Speakers: Ashis Ray, London based journalist Kailash Budhwar, Former Head of Hindi and Tamil BBC World Service Sankar Prosad Kakoti Bora , Regional Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations Pradyut Bordoloi, Former Minister Industries & Commerce, Public Enterprises, Assam.

Golden oldies of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Musicians: Nahid Afreen (Indian Idol) Romen Choudhury (All India Radio, Guwahati) Dr. Ananda Gupta, Tagore singer, researcher & scholar

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