Google paid a tribute to legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika on his 96th birth anniversary. It put up a doodle on its homepage to celebrate the birth anniversary of the singer.

Hazarika was an acclaimed Assamese-Indian singer, composer and film-maker whose work featured in hundreds of films in his career spanning six decades. He was born in 1926 in northeastern India, he was also the state’s leading socio-cultural reformer.

Google Doodle is illustrated by a Mumbai-based artist Rutuja Mali to pay a tribute to Hazarika’s work that popularised Assamese cinema and folk music. Hazarika was born on this day in 1926 in northeastern India. His home state, Assam, is a region or home to different tribes and several indigenous groups— such as the Bodo, Karbi, Mising and Sonowal-Kacharis.

Besides being extremely talented and involved in the arts field, Hazarika also served as an MLA in the Assam assembly during 1967-72. He was not only a child music prodigy, but was also an intellect, graduated with master’s in political science from Banaras Hindu University in 1946 and went on to earn a PhD in mass communications from Columbia University in 1952.

After completing his studies in America, Hazarika returned to India to pursue a career in cinema where he won several prestigious awards such as Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and many more.

Bhupen Hazarika passed away in November 2011. In 2019, he was honoured with the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.

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