Music has no language, no boundaries. It transcends all ages. Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika took up the profession that could touch most hearts though he could excel in many other fields being a great scholar. And indeed, he touched millions of hearts with his baritone voice that will never fade from the minds of his fans and music lovers the world over.
Bhupen Da, who died of multiple organ failure last evening at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, was born in 1926 at a place called Sadiya, one of the Assam's remotest areas. He turned into a child prodigy when he recorded his first song 'Biswa Bijoy No Jowan' for the second Assamese film, "Indramalati".
He was one of India's oldest singers and sang over 1,500 during his seven decades career until bad health stopped him from singing a couple of years ago. His songs were deeply influenced by American and Assamese folk tunes and his songs of building a 'new Assam' and a 'new India' inspired the Indians of his generation and beyond. His soothing voice could make any mediocre song melodious.
A multifaceted genius that he was, Bhupen Da ventured into many professions - journalist, poet, writer, composer, lyricist, music director, filmmaker and politician. He did B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University and went on to do Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. He was a recipient of many awards like Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Asom Ratna and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award among others.
Laurels did not stop him from doing what he loved - singing and composing. He had left the world but he still lives in the hearts of the people.
It's mourning time for music lovers. And people from entertainment industry took to twitter to express their grief on the demise of the legendary entertainer. This is what they say:-
Amitabh Bachchan: Bhupen Hazarika passes away! A musician of many talents and what a voice.. prayers and condolences !!
Akshay Kumar: After Jagjit Singh, India has lost another musical wonder, RIP Bhupen Hazarika. The man who gave us 'Dil Hoom Hoom Kare' from Rudaali, truly our hearts recite this song with grief today.
Raveena Tandon: Bhupen Hazarika passes away.. Indias Rich Culture and Heritage of Art and Music loses another Gem.Rest in Peace Bhupen Da..
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to hear the demise of legendary music maestro BHUPEN HAZARIKA, RIP !!!
Anupam Kher: Dr. Bhupen Hazarika's music was unusual and haunting and so was his singing. Great person. Warm, compassionate and helpful. Will miss him.
Mahesh Bhatt: Bhupen Hazrika was a giant among giants. He was much more than a music icon. He was a social reformer with the heart of a child.
Sophie Choudry: And we lose yet another legend..Bn an awful few months esp 4 music lovers! Dil hoom hoom kare will play in our hearts 4ever. RIP Bhupen Hazarika
Raima Sen: R.I.P Bhupenda..worked with him and Kalpana Lajmi in my second film.
Sanjay Suri: Very very Sad to hear about Dr Bhupen Hazarika...spent some wonderful time with him during Daman.
Aarti Chhabria: Sad to hear music legend Bhupen Hazarika passed away. RIP. :(