Bhupen Hazarika Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography

Bhupen Hazarika Wiki:- Bhupen Hazarika (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was a multi-talented Indian artist from Assam. He was a playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet, actor, artist, editor, filmmaker, professor, and politician. Widely known as Sudha Kontho (meaning cuckoo or “nectar-throated” in Assamese), he wrote and sang songs mainly in Assamese, reflecting themes of humanity and universal brotherhood. His music was appreciated in many languages, particularly in Bengali and Hindi.

Bhupen Hazarika’s songs, promoting communal amity, universal justice, and empathy, gained immense popularity in Assam, West Bengal, and Bangladesh. He played a significant role in introducing Assamese and Northeast Indian culture and folk music to Hindi cinema on a national level. He received numerous prestigious awards during his lifetime, including the National Film Award for Best Music Direction (1975), Padma Shri (1977), Padma Bhushan (2001), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008).

Even after his passing, Bhupen Hazarika’s contributions were recognized with posthumous honors, including the Padma Vibhushan (2012) and the Bharat Ratna (2019), India’s highest civilian awards. He also served as the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1998 to December 2003, leaving a lasting impact on Indian music and arts.

Bhupen Hazarika Biography

Bhupen Hazarika was born on 8th September 1926 in Sadiya, Assam, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, to parents Nilakanta and Shantipriya Hazarika. His father originally hailed from Nazira, Sivasagar district. Being the eldest of ten children, Bhupen, along with his siblings, was exposed to the musical influence of his mother, who introduced him to lullabies and traditional Assamese music.

In 1929, Bhupen’s family moved to Guwahati’s Bharalumukh region in search of better opportunities. He spent his early childhood there. Later, in 1932, they relocated to Dhubri and then to Tezpur in 1935. It was in Tezpur where, at the age of 10, Bhupen Hazarika’s musical talent was discovered by Jyotiprasad Agarwala, a noted Assamese lyricist, playwright, and filmmaker, and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a renowned Assamese artist and revolutionary poet. During a public event, Bhupen sang a Borgeet, a traditional classical Assamese devotional song taught to him by his mother. This event led to his association with the icons of Assamese culture and marked the beginning of his artistic growth and achievements.

Bhupen Hazarika Biography

In 1936, Bhupen Hazarika accompanied Agarwala and Rabha to Kolkata, where he recorded his first song at the Aurora Studio for the Selona Company. At the tender age of 12, he sang two songs in Agarwala’s film “Indramalati”: “Kaxote Kolosi Loi” and “Biswo Bijoyi Naujawan.” Bhupen Hazarika’s passion for revolution and his zeal for expressing himself through art were evident even in his early years. At the age of 14, he wrote the poem “Agnijugar firingathi mai” (I am the spark of the age of fire), reflecting his revolutionary spirit. Bhupen’s journey as a lyricist, composer, and singer had already begun to take shape during his childhood, laying the foundation for his illustrious career in the world of music.

Bhupen Hazarika Wiki Bio Details

Full Name Dr. Bhupen Hazarika
Nick Name Sudha Kontho
Profession Indian Playback Singer, Musician, Lyricist, Actor, and Poet
Birth Date 8 September 1926
Birth Place Sadiya, Tinsukia district, Assam, India
Age 85 Years Old (At the Time of Death)
Home town Sadiya, Tinsukia district, Assam, India
Category Wiki
Famous For Mesmerizing Voice
Zodiac Sign Virgo

Bhupen Hazarika Death

In 2011, Bhupen Hazarika was hospitalized at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute. He was admitted to the intensive care unit on 30 June 2011 and sadly passed away on 5 November 2011 due to multi-organ failure. After his passing, his body was placed at Judges Field in Guwahati for public viewing before his cremation on 9 November 2011. The cremation took place near the Brahmaputra River on a plot of land donated by Gauhati University. The funeral was attended by an estimated half a million people.

Physical Appereance

Eye Colour Light Brown
Hair Colour Black

Education Qualification

  • Sonaram High School, Guwahati, Assam
  • Dhubri Government High School, Assam
  • Tezpur High School, Assam
  • Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Columbia University, New York
Educational Qualification(s)
  • Intermediate Arts from Cotton College (1942)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1944)
  • Master of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1946)
  • PhD from Columbia University, New York (1952)

Family & Relationship

Father’s Name Nilakanta Hazarika
Mother Name Shantipriya Hazarika
Spouse/Ex Priyam Hazarika
Children Tez Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika Career

Bhupen Hazarika’s time at Columbia University greatly influenced him, particularly by civil rights activist Paul Robeson. He composed the song ‘Bistirno parore,’ inspired by Robeson’s ‘Ol Man River’ imagery and theme.  In the third All Assam conference of IPTA, Bhupen Hazarika served as the Secretary of the Reception Committee. He was also a teacher at Gauhati University but later left his job and moved to Kolkata. He directed award-winning films such as ‘Shakuntala Sur,’ ‘Pratidhwani,’ ‘Lati-Ghati,’ ‘Chik Mik Bijuli,’ ‘For Whom the Sun Shines,’ and ‘Mera Dharam Meri Maa.’

Bhupen Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika composed songs and music for several Assamese and Bangla movies, including ‘Aarop,’ ‘Chameli Memsaab,’ and ‘Shimana Perye.’ He was also a prominent playback singer, lending his voice to movies like ‘Era Bator Sur’ and ‘Shakuntala Sur.’ His recent works included movies like ‘Darmiyaan,’ ‘Gaja Gamini,’ and ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence.’ His last film as a playback singer was ‘Gandhi to Hitler.’ Bhupen Hazarika’s significant contributions to Hindi cinema as a music director included films like ‘Arop,’ ‘Ek Pal,’ and ‘Rudaali.’ In 1993, he won the ‘Best Music Director National Award’ for the movie ‘Rudaali.’


Year Film
1939 Indramalati
1948 Siraj
1955 Pioli Phukan
1956 Era Bator Sur
1958 Mahut Bandhu Re
1961 Shakuntala
1964 Pratidhwani
1964 Ka Swariti
1966 Lati-Ghati
1969 Chik Mik Bijuli
1974 Aarop
1974 For Whom the Sun Shines
1975 Chameli Memsaab
1975 Khoj
1976 Roop Konwar Jyoti Parsad Aru Joymoti
1976 Mera Dharam Meri Maa
1977 Through Melody and Rhythm
1977 Shimana Perye
1978 Chameli Memsaheb (Bengali)
1979 Mon-Prajapati
1979 Debdas
1981 Chameli Memsaab
1982 Aparoopa
1986 Swikarokti
1986 Ek Pal
1988 Siraj
1993 Rudaali
1993 Pratimurti
1995 Pani
1997 Do Rahain
1997 Darmiyaan: In Between
1998 Saaz
2000 Gaja Gamini
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence
2003 Kyon?
2006 Chingaari
2011 Gandhi to Hitler

Awards & Honours

Bhupen Hazarika received several prestigious awards and honors throughout his life and even posthumously:

  • Best Feature Film in Assamese for “Shakuntala” at the 9th National Film Awards (1961)
  • Best Music Director National Award for “Chameli Memsaab” at the 23rd National Film Awards (1975)
  • Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India (1977)
  • Gold medal from the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh for his outstanding contribution towards tribal welfare and uplift of tribal culture through cinema and music (1979)
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987)
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1992)
  • Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India (2001)
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008)
  • Asom Ratna, the highest civilian award in the State of Assam, India (2009)
  • Friends of Liberation War Honour, Government of Bangladesh (2011)
  • Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India (2012, posthumous)
  • Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India (2019, posthumous)

These awards and honors recognize his immense contributions to Indian cinema, music, and cultural heritage.

Net Worth & Salary

Net Worth N/A
Salary Not Known

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