- Referred to as the "Bard of Brahmaputa", Bhupen Hazarika was a singer, lyricist and musician from Assam.
- He made his singing debut at the age of 12 in 1939.
- In addition to Assamese, Bhupen Hazarika also composed, wrote and sang for numerous Bengali and Hindi films from 1930s to the 1990s.
- He was also one of the leading author-poets of Assam with more than 1,000 lyrics and several short stories, essays and travelogues to his credit.
- He studied at Columbia University and also received a fellowship to study cinema in Chicago. During his stay in the US, he met the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson, whose famous number 'Ol Man River' was an inspiration for his 'O Ganga Behti Ho Kyun' (in Hindi), a virtual anthem for generations of Left activists.
- He received the National Award for Best Music Director in 1976 for Chameli Memsaab and President's medal for his films Shakuntala (1960), Pratidhwani (1964) and Lotighoti (1967).
- Bhupen Hazarika was also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification. In 2003, he was appointed member of the Prasar Bharati Board.
- He had joined the BJP ahead of 2004 Lok Sabha elections impressed by the performance of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He had also been an independent member of the Assam Assembly.
- In May 2017, PM Modi named India's longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika.
- He was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour, in 2012. He died in November 2011 at the age of 85.
With inputs from PTI
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