“Manuhe manuhor babe
Jodihe okonu nabhabe
Bhabibo kunenu kua?”
(If humans wouldn’t think for humans with a little sympathy, Tell me who will, my friend?)
How does one analyse the genius of a multi-faceted icon like Bhupen Hazarika? The biggest danger lies in ending up highlighting one aspect, at the cost of missing out on the overall persona. However, it can safely be said Hazarika was one of the colossal cultural personalities of northeast India -- with a deep social commitment and profound political consciousness. Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian artist, famously referred to as the uncrowned king of the cultural world of North-East India. He was a humanist. He loved his motherland Assam so much. Hazarika dedicated his whole life to the people of Assam, its vivid culture, and natural beauty. His songs not only stirred nationalism but also stirred sub-nationalisms. While Rasa Raj Laxmi Nath Bezbaruah’s poem goes “We Assamese are not poor/In what sense are we poor?”, Bhupen Hazarika song says, “It won’t do to take solace in the words that we, Assamese, are not poor; today’s Assamese must know themselves”. The Bard of Brahmaputra died on this day in 2011 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai due to old age ailments at the age of 85.His golden voice, his songs 'Manuhe Manuhor Babe', 'Dil Hoom Hoom Kore', 'Bistirna Parore', 'Moi Eti Jajabor', 'Mur Gan Haok', 'Jilikabo Luitore Paar' have inspired generations and will continue to do so forever.