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Bhupen Hazarika Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 20, 2019

Short Biography

Bhupen Hazarika was one of the legendary artists born in Sadiya Assam on 8 September1926. He was an Indian Musician, Lyricist, Composer, Playback Singer, Film Producer, Film Director, Film Actor, Politician & Poet who worked mostly in Assamese and Hindi language. He is recognized amongst the pioneers to have introduced the Assamese folk music and culture in Hindi cinemas.

Bhupen Hazarika Complete Bio & Career

He was the eldest son of Shantipriya and Nilakanta Hazarika who had ten children. His mother exposed him to folk music of Assam. At the age of 10 in 1936, he recorded his first song for the Selona Company at Aurora Studio. Subsequently, he sang Biswo Bijoyi Naujawan and Kaxote Kolosi Loi for the Assamese film Indramalati (1939) and wrote Agnijugor Firingoti Moi his first song when he was 13.
Bhupen Hazarika completed his schooling in 1942 from Tezpur High School and did his MA in Political Science from Cotton College in 1946. Later, he earned his Ph.D. Degree from Columbia University in 1952 where he also met Priyamvada Patel and married her. He has his only child with her named Tez Hazarika.
He was the MLA (Independent) in the Assam Legislative Assembly from 1967-72 and also contested as the candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party for the Lok Sabha election in 2004. He was a legend and as a singer, he will always be remembered for his diction and baritone voice. As a lyricist, he will always be remembered for his parables and poetic compositions. His song Manush Manusher Jonno was chosen as the 2nd best song in Bangladesh after their National Anthem. A bio-pic film was made on him titled Moi Eti Zazabor('I am a Wanderer') in 1986. For all his achievements, he was felicitated with Bharat Ratna posthumously in the year 2019.

Bhupen Hazarika Popular Videos

Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1977 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1992 Assamese Film Industry
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 2001 Arts
Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 2012 Arts
Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 2019 Arts

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Bhupen Hazarika died on 05-11-2011 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India at the age of 85. During death, he was admitted in Mumbai at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. His multi-organ had the failure and was cremated near the Brahmaputra River.
DEATHDAY 5 November,2011 (Saturday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Bhupen Hazarika Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Nilakanta HazarikaShantipriya Hazarika. His brother Jayanta Hazarika was also an Assamese Singer. He was married to Priyam Hazarika from 1950 to 2011 (till his death) and had a son named Tej Hazarika with her. Indian Playback Singer Mayukh Hazarika is his nephew.

Brother Jayanta Hazarika

Life's Important Dates Of Bhupen Hazarika

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Sadiya, Tinsukia , Assam
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Guwhati , Assam
School Sonaram High School, Guwahati
Dhubri Government High School
Tezpur High School
College Cotton College, Guwahati Pan Bazaar
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Columbia University, New York
Cotton University
Qualification Post Graduate
Hobbies Travelling, Reading
Marital Status Married
Debut As A Playback Singer - Indramalati (1939)
Salary N/A
Net Worth $10 Million
Official Website N/A
Best Songs Siraj (1948), Pioli Phukan (1955), Era Bator Sur (1956), Shakuntala Sur (1961) and Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (1973) among others


Favorite Color White, Black
Favorite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favorite Place Historical Places
Favorite Food Sea Food
Favourite Bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan'.

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Bhupen Hazarika

  • At the age of 13, he wrote his first song.
  • At the age of 10, he started singing because of his interest in singing since childhood.
  • He wrote a thousand songs and even 15 books in his lifetime.
  • In 1993, he became the first Indian to win the award for the "Best Music for the film Rudaali" at the "Asia Pacific International Film Festiva" held in Japan.
  • In 2019, the Government of India honoured him by India's highest civilian award "Bharat Ratna".

Bhupen Hazarika Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Bhupen Hazarika was 85 years 1 month & 27 days old age.