Bhupen Hazarika, who has a genius for weaving a magical tapestry out of traditional Assamese music and lyrics, is regarded as one of the greatest cultural communicators of South Asia.
Hazarika, the ‘bard of Brahmaputra’ whose ability to weave magic out of traditional Assamese music gave songs like ‘Bistirna parore’ and ‘Manuhe manuhor babe’, swayed and inspired millions across generations with the power and passion of his voice. A poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker, the self-proclaimed ‘jajabor’ (wanderer) took the rich folk heritage of Assam and interpreted it beautifully for the world through his songs.
With his death, the country lost not only one of its few balladeers but also one of its greatest cultural icons, cherished across the nation as much as in Assam.
Tributes were paid across Assam’s and other parts of the nation to the cultural icon on his fourth death anniversary today. All-religion prayers, cultural shows and processions were organised across the state to pay tributes to Dr Hazarika.