Google Doodle celebrates music maestro Bhupen Hazarika's 96th birth anniversary, here are some interesting facts about him
The Google Doodle honoured the music maestro Bhupen Hazarika today on his 96th birth anniversary. Born in Assam, an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet, actor, and filmmaker from Assam, was widely known as Sudha Kontho, which means nectar-throated. The animated Google Doodle was designed by Mumbai-based artist Rutuja Mali.
He was beloved for his songs that celebrated humanity and brotherhood. He was renowned for having a tremendous knack for telling stories through his songs about love and loneliness, romance and hardship, togetherness and bravery, joy and sorrow, struggle and determination. His songs are especially popular among the people of Assam, West Bengal, and Bangladesh.
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Here are some interesting facts about Bhupen Hazarika on his 96th birthday.
- Being surrounded by song and folklore, he wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10.
- He worked for the second Assamese talkie, Indramati, when he was just 12.
- He had produced a 52-episode tele-serial titled Dawn for Star TV. He had also produced another 18-part documentary entitled Glimpses of the Misty East on the socio-economic and cultural progress in North Eastern India.
- He is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including, the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padma Shri (1977), and Padma Bhushan (2001), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), the highest award for cinema in India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
- He was posthumously awarded both the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2012, and the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 2019.
- A postage stamp bearing his face was released by India Post to honour him in 2013.
- His song Manush Manusher Jomo (Humans are for humanity) was chosen as the second most favourite number in Bangladesh after the National anthem of the nation.
- He was one of the leading authors/poets of Assam and has more than 1,000 lyrics and more than 15 major books on short stories, essays, poems, children’s rhymes, travelogues to his credit.
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