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Lesser known facts about Bhupen Hazarika

Here're some lesser known facts about the multi-faceted genius Bhupen Hazarika...

music Updated: Sep 07, 2009 19:08 IST

Here're some lesser known facts about the multi-faceted genius Bhupen Hazarika...

How old is Dr Bhupen Hazarika?
He's 83 years old. He was born on Sept 8, 1926

What's his zodiac sign?
He's a Virgo.

Where was he born?
He was born in Sadiya, Assam.

When did his career start?
A child prodigy, he wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10. Worked for the second Assamese talkie, 'Indramalati' at 12.

Where was he educated?
He completed his Intermediate Arts from Cotton College in 1942, and went on to Benaras Hindu University to complete his B.A. in 1944 and his M.A. in Political Science in 1946. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, USA in 1954,

Name some of the Hindi films for which Bhupenda lent his talent.
Rudaali (1993), Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe (1996), Saaz (1997), Darmiyaan (1997), Gajagamini (1998), Daman (2000), Kyon (2003)

Any small screen ventures...
He had produced a 52 episodes tele-serial titled Dawn for telecast on Star TV. He has also produced another 18 part documentary entitled Glimpses of the Misty East on the socio economic and cultural progress in North Eastern India from 1947 to 1997.

What about his trophy shelf?
He won the President’s National Award for the best filmmaker thrice in 1960, 1964 and 1967. Also received the National Award as best music composer in 1977 for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab. He was awarded the Padamshree in the same year. In 1992, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in cinema. In 2001, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan.

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