Legendary musician-singer Bhupen Hazarika today died of multi-organ failure in a hospital in Mumbai He was 86.
ayanta Saha, chief PRO at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital informed media, “It was a multi-organ failure. The end came around 4.30 pm.”
He was suffering from respiratory and kidney failure. His condition had detoriated significantly in the last few days. Hazarika’s health deteriorated on October 23 after he developed pneumonia. He had to undergo a minor surgery whereby doctors placed a food pipe into his system. The 86-year-old had been hospitalized since June 29 after he complained of breathlessness and had been undergoing treatment.
Kalpana Lajmi, Hazarika’s long-time companion and film-maker, stayed with him during his death.
He was considered the only living balladeer in the country. He had lent his , composing his own lyrics and music, Hazarika lent his deep baritone voice and crisp diction to “Gandhi To Hitler”, in which he sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnav jan’.
Hazarika, who has a genius for weaving a magical tapestry out of traditional Assamese music and lyrics, is regarded as one of the greatest living cultural communicators of South Asia. He was born in Assam in 1926 British India. He has been a poet, journalist, singer, lyricist, writer, composer, music director, and filmmaker.
He started his career in music as a child prodigy in the second Assamese film, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s Indramalati(Biswa Bijoy No Jowan), in 1939 when he was merely 12 old.
He was schooled at Cotton College where he completed his Intermediate in Arts in 1942. He went on to join Banaras Hindu University and completed his bachelor’s course in 1944 and his M.A. in Political Science in 1946. He further went on to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1952. His research paper was titled “Proposals for Preparing India’s Basic Education to Use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education”.
His lyrics have the unique quality of carrying poetic beauty through the parables in them. He handled a wide range of themes in his songs, like erotic, social and also political commentary. His music was tinged with folk music moulded with a touch of the contemporary.
He was the president of the “Asom Sahitya Sabha” in 1993.