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Bhupen Hazarika obituary

6 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Inspirational Indian singer, lyricist and political activist

One of the most important cultural figures of north-east India, Bhupen Hazarika, who has died aged 85, used music, cinema and the written word to stitch political ideology and ancient traditions into the fabric of popular culture. His distinguished career as a film-maker, singer, lyricist and political activist spanned 70 years. He won many major awards in India and leaves an impressive body of work that includes more than 1,500 songs.

The eldest of 10 children, Hazarika was born in the village of Sadiya, Assam. He said his musical talent came from his mother, Shantipriya: "Although listening to the rhythms of tribal music growing up developed my love for singing, I inherited my voice from my mother, who regularly sang lullabies to me as a child." His father, Nilakanta, a teacher, instilled in him from a young age the importance of education. By the time he was »

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Shammi Kapoor: Rocking and rolling down memory aisles

20 October 2011 12:35 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The hills are still alive with the sounds of his music, the ebullient .yahoo. resonates through the decades and the intense gaze has not dulled even through the sepia-tinted prism of time. Shammi Kapoor, who passed away two months ago, would have been 80 Friday and the epitaphs are still being written.From fans to family, everybody remembers Bollywood.s eternal romantic, whose cinema ushered in the era of sheer joie de vivre and still brings a smile to the face. And, nowhere perhaps does he live on as he does in Kashmir, with films such as .Kashmir Ki Kali., .Junglee. and .Andaz. shot in the green hills and rolling meadows of the valley.The decades have passed but the memories are still sharp, for the Kashmiri and the visitor.Nephew Rishi Kapoor, who recently visited Kashmir, said every part of Srinagar, the summer capital, reminded him of the beloved Shammiji. »

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