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Bhupen Hazarika Biography – Posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika was a versatile personality of Assam. His fame as an Assamese language poet, lyricist, composer, and film producer has spread far and wide.

Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian artist who wrote, composed, and sang songs himself. He made his important contribution in important fields like writing, journalism, singing, filmmaking, etc.


Biography of Bhupen Hazarika, wife, children, death anniversary and Google Doodle 2022
Bhupen Hzarika Doodle by Google

Bhupen Hazarika Biography



Bhupen Hazarika


September 8, 1926


Sadiya, Assam, India


Smt. Shanti Priya


Mr. Neelkanth


Priyamvada Patel


Tej Hazarika


Writer, Lyricist, Musician, Singer


Post Graduate and PhD

Educational Institution 

Banaras Hindu University, Columbia University (New York)


Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, and many more


November 5, 2011

Place of Death 


Bhupen Hazarika was born on September 8, 1926, in the Sadiya town of Tinsukia district in the state of Assam, Northeast India. He was the eldest of his father’s ten children. His father’s name was Shri Neelkanth and his mother’s name was Smt. Shanti Priya Devi. Bhupen Hazarika got music from his mother as an inheritance.

He wrote and sang his first song at the age of about 10 years. At the age of 12, he worked in the second film of Assamese cinema, “Indramalati”.


Biography of Bhupen Hazarika, wife, children, death anniversary and Google Doodle 2022
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Education of Bhupen Hazarika

  • His early life was spent in Guwahati, Assam and he completed his intermediate studies from there.
  • After this, he completed his post-graduation in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University.
  • After this, he completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York.

Bhupen Hazarika’s marriage and Family

In 1949, Bhupen Hazarika went to Columbia University to study and there he met Priyamvada Patel. There was love between the two and in the year 1950, both of them got married. In 1952 AD, a son was born, whose name was Tej Hazarika.

In 1953, Bhupen Hazarika returned to India with his family. After coming to India, he did work teaching at Gauhati University. The job did not last long and resigned. Due to financial constraints, his wife Priyamvada Patel left him.

Career of Bhupen Hazarika

After leaving Priyamvada Patel, he made music and wrote his companion. After this, he gave songs in superhit films like “Daman”, “Gajgamini”, “Saj”, “Darmiyan”, “Kyun” etc. Bhupen Hazarika wrote about a thousand songs and 15 books in his lifetime. Produced the upcoming serial “Don” on Star TV.

His best songs are ‘Dil Hoon Hoon’, ‘O Ganga Tu Behti Hai Kyon’, ‘Joothi ​​Muthi Mitwa’ etc. Songs written by Bhupen Hazarika touched crores of hearts. Bhupen Hazarika also sang in Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, and many other languages. He sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan “Vaishnav Jan” in the film “Gandhi to Hitler”.


Awards and honors received by Bhupen Hazarika


Bharat Ratna (posthumous)


Padma Vibhushan


Asom Ratna Award (Highest honor and award of the Government of Assam)


Padma Bhushan


Dadasaheb Phalke Award


Sangeet Natak Akademi Award


Padma Shri


National Award for Best Music Director (film Chameli Memsahab)


 National Award for Best Assamese Film (for Shakuntala, directed by Bhupen Hazarika)

Bhupen Hazarika Bridge

The country’s longest Dhola-Sadiya bridge built over the Lohit river (a tributary of the Brahmaputra) in Assam, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 26, 2017, was named after Bhupen Hazarika.


Bhupen Hazarika’s death

Bhupen Hazarika, a versatile genius, passed away at the age of 85 on November 5, 2011, in Mumbai.

The Indian Postal Department released a cent of 10 commemorative postage stamps in memory of 10 eminent playback singers of the country on 30th December 2016. Among them was a postage stamp on Bhupen Hazarika.

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