Bhupen Hazarkia, the wanderer (Jajabor) of Assam, has passed away at a ripe-old age of 85. It happened just a few hours ago in the vicinity. Probably they would be electrically cremating his body a short while later in the day. Or they might have have already done so. Does it matter anymore? The body becoming ashes. The eternal home of everyone born on this Earth : Death. The dissolution of a physical presence in the memory. Waiting to disappear into an eternal oblivion in the due course of time. The Mahaa Kaal. The abode of the great God Bhairava.
Bhupen lived his life completely. Being a multi-faceted persona, he made his mark in the diverse domains of music, poetry, singing, writing and film-making. He had always attributed his musical roots to the tribal music and its rhythms with which he had grown up. His soul-stirring musical renditions, many of which he had himself rendered in his baritone voice blending with his sonorous lyrics, contain within them the twin elements of simplicity and innocence. The rich folk heritage of Assam got beautifully re-interpreted in a modern idiom through his varied musical compositions spanning across many decades.
The personal life of Bhupen Hazarika was interesting. He had married Priyamvada Patel with whom he had a son, who is now living in the US. They had separated after 13 years of marriage. After his association with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), he had adopted Mumbai as his second home. Subsequently in the year of 1977, after crossing 50 years of age, Bhupen met Kalpana Lajmi. She was 23 then. Being a feminist that Kalpana is, Bhupen lived the rest of his life of more than three decades with his director companion, without any 'pact for marriage'. When he breathed his last, she was by his side. Bhupen has now left his compositions to continue to haunt the lonely nights of human beings and make them get more drenched in their longing for communion with their beloved souls.
Bhupen With Kalpana : An Unconventional Companionship