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Music legend Bhupen Hazarika dies at 85

Saturday November 05, 2011 06:31:51 PM, IANS

Mumbai/Guwahati: A golden voice of Indian music fell silent Saturday when legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika died of multiple organ failure at a Mumbai hospital, plunging millions of fans across the country, especially those in eastern India, into gloom. He was 85.

Hazarika, who was on the ventilator for four months and had been in and out of hospital, passed away at 4.37 p.m. at Kokilaben Hospital in India's entertainment capital. His long time companion, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, his nephews and some well wishers from his home state of Assam were at his side when he died.

His body will be flown to Guwahati Monday and kept at Judges Field for two days for the public to pay homage.

The Assam government has taken the responsibility to fly the body from Mumbai to Guwahati and organise the last rites.

Known for his haunting, resounding melodies like "Dil hoom hoom kare" and "Ganga behti ho kyon", Hazarika was a Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner. His lyrics and voice lent a special flavour to several Bollywood songs and put the spotlight on music from Assam.

His death cast a pall of gloom on his millions of fans. Many in Assam were grief stricken as news of his death spread.


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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