Bhupen Hazarika honored with Sangeet Ratna

MUMBAI: Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s contribution to music was recognized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Government of India and the Sangeet Natak Academy. The noted singer was awarded the fellowship and Sangeet Ratna on Monday 12 January, and was also acknowledged for creating his own gharana of Bhupendra Sangeet.

Previous recipients had received awards for existing gharanas and today by recognizing Dr Hazarika’s work; it has put the musician in the league of Rabindranath Tagore, who has his own gharana, called Rabindra Sangeet.

Dr.Hazarika, who now lives in Mumbai said, "I have had failing health for the past four months. As I had difficulty in walking, I used to stay in bed. But now I am energized. I want to compose music and release a new album. It’s been four years since I last released an album. But now I have lots to look forward to."

The musician has composed music for films and is Lata Mangeshkar’s favourite composer. With this award and recognition, Dr.Hazarika who hails from a poor family in Assam has conquered yet another milestone. We salute the man for his contribution.