Hazarika’s childhood was spent amidst songs and folk tales on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. Later he was also known as ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’. Dr. Hazarika was one of the foremost socio-cultural reformers of Northeast India, whose works united people from all walks of life.
As a child, Hazarika attracted the attention of popular Assamese lyricist Jyotiprasad Agarwal and filmmaker Bishnu Prasad Rabha with his musical prowess. Hazarika started her music career at the age of 10, helped by these two artists to record her first song. Both of them were famous artists of Assam. His craft took off so much that at the age of 12, Hazarika even started writing and recording songs for two films, including Indramaalti: Kaxot Kolosi Loi and Biswo Bijoi Naujawan.
Time went on and Hazarika went on creating many compositions. He used to tell stories of people through his songs, which included stories of joy and sorrow, unity and courage, romance and loneliness, and stories of struggle and determination. Bhupen Hazarika learned music from his childhood, but at the same time he was also an intellectual. He graduated in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University in 1946 and did his PhD in Mass Communication from Columbia University in 1952. After completing his studies in America, he returned to India to work on songs and films. After that he popularized the Assamese culture nationally and globally.
Hazarika won several prestigious awards in music and culture such as Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan during his career spanning 6 decades. At the same time, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 2019.