Reminiscing the Bard of Brahmaputra - Book launch of “Dr. Bhupen Hazarika-An Intimate Biography” by Balipara Foundation & IndusInd Bank

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The book launch of “Dr. Bhupen Hazarika-An Intimate Biography” authored by Kalpana Lajmi, published by Harper Collins, with special illustrations by Smt. Lalita Lajmi, was unveiled at an event on 8th September 2018, at Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba. This was partnered by Balipara Foundation along with Indusind Bank. 

Bhupenda was an inspirational person also known as “Sudhakantha” and his songs are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages in India. His songs are based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice, empathy and rural life nestled in resplendent nature.

Bhupenda is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level. We at Balipara Foundation, in a very miniscule way, have embarked to support the launch and his work in Mumbai & North Eastern India.

- As the evening unfolded

Kalpana Lajmi pens a memoir on Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the bard of the Brahmaputra

The book will be released on the occasion of Bhupen da's 91st Birthday.

Mumbai: Kalpana Lajmi, a distinguished filmmaker, is all set to release a memoir, “Bhupen Hazarika - As I knew him" on the 8th of September. The book contains at least 12 of his songs translated in English by Muni Kabir and painstakingly Illustrated by the well know artist Lalitha Lajmi. With this book, Kalpana aims to take his work of 75 years to a global platform, befitting the chair that already exists in his name at Harvard University.

Kalpana Lajmi, who took one year to write the entire book, emphasises, "I want the world to know what a great man, artist he was. He was a Painter, sculptor, poet all bundled in with which Bhupen Hazarika spread himself, that is why I wrote this book. And I want the world to know its depth.” 

“The book wouldn't have been possible without Ranjit Barthakur, Balipara Foundation & IndusInd Bank. Also, I am grateful to Shyam Benegal, Prasoon Joshi, Mahesh Bhatt, Adil Hussain and Huma Qureshi, who have come forward to promote the book, they will be reading parts of the book at the launch."

Ranjit Barthakur, chairperson of the Balipara Foundation says "We are extremely humbled to be associated with one of the world’s best poets and musicians, Dr Bhupen Hazarika. What is fascinating is that people like Kalpana Ji and Lalitha Ji have kept the fabric of folk and community alive through a book and interactions like this event”.

On a personal note, Bhupenda was our neighbour in Assam and we had a very close bonding with him and his music...His movement of unification of people with the song "We are on the same boat brother “is an anthemic expression of universal brotherhood!”

Romesh Sobti, Managing Director & CEO, IndusInd Bank adds, "IndusInd Bank is proud to be associated with the launch of the book on Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Bhupenda was not just an illustrious son of Assam but a national legend in his own right. Kalpana Lajmi’s book on his life and works will showcase his genius in music, verse & composition to a much larger audience and hopefully this special occasion."

The evening also saw an exposition of Dr Hazarikas immortal songs by violinist Sunita Bhuyan, singer Pankhi Dutta, and a dance recital by Tagore School of Music. 

The book is being published by Harper Collins and will be released on 8th of September

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