Songs and the Chariot of Bhupen Hazarika’s Life
An analytical account of the lyrics of Bhupen Hazarika in Assamese.
Dr. Dilip Kumar Datta
7th EDITION • ISBN: 978-1-887276-65-8 • $ 29.95
Written in the Assamese language, Bhupen Hazarika’s songs and wheels of his life is a painstaking and scholarly look at the creative works of the prolific artist. According to Dilip Kumar Datta, the author of this book, Bharat Ratna Dr. Hazarika has left behind lyrics for more that six hundred songs that are a blend of the humanism of Buddha, Marxism, and the best of western thoughts. Bhupen Hazarika composed music for his songs by blending together the ragas of Indian music with the melodies of the west but always setting them on the traditional and folk tunes of Assam, the land of blue hills and red rivers on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. This book is a complete collection of his songs analyzed and classified by the mathematician and author for who the art of Assamese lyrics is both a passion and a pursuit.
Drawing from his intimate knowledge of Bhupen Hazarika, his family, his friends and many of his admirers, Professor Datta has succeeded in creating a masterpiece that has sold thousands of copies since it was first published in 1981. This is the seventh edition, newly updated and enlarged by the author almost 18 years after the first edition, is published by Coolgrove Press an imprint of Coolgrove Publishing. Inc NY.