International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Humanities | India | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024 | Rating: 4.5 / 10

Bhupen Hazarika: The Minstrel with a Message

Dr. Neeva Rani Phukan

Abstract: Iconic singer, lyricist, music composer, mass educator, journalist, politician and above all a man who devoted his life towards the cause of humanity- Bhupen Hazarika, needs no other introduction. He is a prominent figure of Assamese and himself the cultural life of Assam. His overall contribution to the greater social life has earned him the status of a global citizen. Above all these he has created timeless songs steeped in humanitarian thought. The initial journey of this artist?s entity began with ?Zero Identity?. The virtuous man was able to identify the energy inherent within his being. With the passage of time that inherent energy expressed itself in a multi facet manner. Born in Assam in the second decade of the twentieth century, he was a representative bridge between two eras. Those times were turbulent, but it helped Bhupen Hazarika to grow and develop his artistic being. He could feel the brunt of the World Wars, the Quit India Movement, the Indo-Pakistan war, the Bangladesh liberation struggle, the Indo China war, the awakening and liberation of national entities under the colonial hammer in Europe, Africa and Latin America, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, etc. The country?s scientific and technological development and cultural awakening seemed to give new vision and brightness to Bhupen Hazarika?s artistic being. His songs are vibrant with the varied colours of life. The committed artist in Bhupen Hazarika loved people. He had deep faith in people. He believed that the evil may upset people but temporarily. At the end it is truth that prevails. There has always been a conflict between good and evil throughout the development of human civilization. Yet, civilization has developed amidst that conflict. In his view, life is an eternally dynamic entity. That entity continues to rotate in its orbit in a circular motion. The axis of that orbit is human commitment. People can never escape responsibility. The youth is the future hope of the world. They should not be passive or idle in any circumstance. This Research Paper is an attempt to analyze the message imbedded in the numerous songs sung by Bhupen Hazarika. It included those songs also which lyrics have been penned by Bhupen Hazarika himself. The songs are varied and the messages are significant which are relevant to this day.

Keywords: Humanity, cultural life, global citizen, timeless songs, energy, inherent, multi facet, messages, relevant

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,

Pages: 482 - 485

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