Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Foundation (BHF) and maZumba Media and Entertainment will choose the winner of the first Global Online Bhupendra Sangeet Contest and the formation of an alliance between the two parties to conduct the contest together. The contest will be held in District Library Auditorium, Jorhat, Assam on January 3, 2015.
The Bhupendra Sangeet Contest, is to stimulate a thirst for knowledge and a winning mindset about two key aspects of life. “We believe these two aspects, if understood properly, can open up very real possibilities for an individual at any age, to conduct a meaningful life that is filled with positive words and actions. We hope to make a difference in that regard by establishing standards, guidelines and training in order to enrich the knowledge base of the contestants,” says Tez Hazarika, co-founder of BHF
He adds, “Dr. Hazarika was not just a popular singer-song writer but also a thinker and communicator of progressive ideas for a humane society. In general, bringing education to the masses was a central concern for him. For example, in his songs, he uses historical events and geographical boundries both in their literal and emotional sense. A vast variety of such involved scenarios and narratives, about many subjects, written in exemplary Assamese, run through his hundreds of songs. Bhupen Hazarika’s songs celebrate life and respect for nature but they also challenge us to face reality — to use our intelligence and creativity to find compassionate and peaceful solutions to problems.
So too, a contextual comprehension of his lyrics, we believe, can broaden the perspective necessary for a singer to be an effective ‘story-teller’ and ‘performer’. We sincerely believe that the discipline required to qualify and participate in our contest will benefit other aspects of contestants’ lives. However, the ultimate reward for the contestant, in our view, should be the joyful experience of discovering the miracle of their OWN VOICE.”
“Our team will seek ways to work closely with senior respected teachers Shudhakshina Sarma, Samar Hazarika and many others, not mentioned here. They have dedicated their creative efforts to keep the memory of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika alive,” adds Tez Hazarika. “The result of our collaboration, we hope, will make the contest more challenging but at the same time more enjoyable and educational,” he says.