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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Radio World's Tribute to Bhupen Da..

As he did during his entire life, after his death also musical mayestro from Assam Bhupen Hazarika still creating bridge between different cultures and communities by his immortal creations and golden voice. Bhupen Hazarika, the son of Assam and creator of many 'people's Song" has left us on 5th November but still people remembering him and his great works in different ways. And radio world, the medium with which Bhupen Hazarika started his musical journey, is also  not legging behind in paying tribute to the maestro in its own style on the waves. 




On 27th November 2011, the Bengali service of NHK World Radio Japan and its listeners from around the world paid their tribute to the legendary Indian singer and musical maestro Bhupen da by playing his immortal creation in Assamese "Manuhe Manuhor Babe" followed by playing the Bengali version of this song "Manush Manusher Jonnye". It is the first occation when this fifty years old and historic radio service transmitted far away from Tokyo, Japan has played an Assamese song in their program. Interestingly one of the host of that program, Mrs. Ajanta Gupta, is originated from Duliajan, Assam and she remembered her memories of Bhupen Hazarika with great respect. The Bengali version of the song was requested by one listener in Bangladesh who equally loves Bhupen as we. This symbolizes how great was Bhupen da and how deep his reach among the world community.  Here is a recorded file of that special program broadcast by NHK World Radio Japan from Tokyo this evening. (As the reception quality on Shortwave bands are not so satisfactory these days, so you may find the voice quality poor)



On the same day the All India Radio's General Overseas Service, which produce and broadcast programs for foreign listeners, broadcast a 25 munites long program on our beloved Bhupen Hazarika, India's cultural ambassador to abroad. The program was titled "The Bard of the Brahmaputra - Bhupen Hazarika" was scripted by Rezley Sabu and presented by Dominic Thomas. This program include a brief biography of Bhupen da and his works accompanied with immortal creations of the Bard. So it will be a great opportunity for all who want to know more about Dr. Bhupen Hazarika who always sung the song of the people and for the people by his golden and immortal voice.


I have recorded the entire program from Short Wave radio and as a DXer want to pay my heartfelt tribute to the musical maestro by circulating this program among friends who I believe also have immense love for Bhupen da in their heart too.



If you want to read more about this great soul of Assam then please visit the following website dedicated to the maestro.




Bhupen Da you'll remain in our hearts and in the hearts of millions in the time immemorial. You may not be alive in body but you voice will keep infusing spirit in all those million souls who find culture more important than life. As we mourn the passing of the Bard of the Brahmaputra, in your songs.. we'll keep you alive.

Prithwiraj

3 comments:

Madhukar - VU2MUD said...

Thanks Prithwi for the appropriate tribute to the Bard of the Brahmaputra!!
His unique voice and renditions with the exquisite accent of the East India, his songs and contributions to the Indian Music field will remain green for ever in the hears of all music lovers
Bhupen Da - May your soul rest in peace and continue to bless all your disciples to carry on your tradiotion.

Anonymous said...

Hello Prithwi ,

Nice blog , thanks for the article on Bhupenda .
One request , can you please upload the program of The All India Radio's General Overseas Service . A duplicate file ( Japan Radio) is uploaded instead of this . Thanks in advance .

Regards,
Saikia

Anonymous said...

Hello Prithwi ,

Nice blog , thanks for the article on Bhupenda .
One request , can you please upload the program of The All India Radio's General Overseas Service . A duplicate file ( Japan Radio) is uploaded instead of this . Thanks in advance .

Regards,
Saikia