Dil hoom hoom kare, ghabraaye …
Ghan dham dham kare, darr jaaye
Ek boond kabhi paani ki mori ankhiyon se barsaaye …
I had listened this song and loved the music even before I knew it was sung by a well known Indian singer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Lata Magneskar. I didn’t know it was originally sung in Assamese language.
And there was an Indian version of ‘Ol’ Man River’
Oh Ganga Tum
Oh Ganga Tum Bahatiho kyu?
The people of Nepali origin in Darjeeling, India used the song and translated into a Nepali and Bengali version as a part of a protest against government suppression during Gorkhaland movement.
Oh Tista timi
Oh Tista timi bagachhau kina …
Then I heard a couple of songs in Nepali language by Bhupen Hazarika himself. I didn’t know he was no long alive until I decided to make the following video report of the singer:
On Saturday, September 8, 2018 it was 92th birth anniversary of the singer. I tried finishing the video by the end of the day. But, by the time I finished, it was already 9th (at 1AM). Anyway, it is good to know the talented singer has given voice to some beautiful Nepali songs.
One Indian online has compared Bhupen Hazarika with a well known American singer, Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is that singer who had made poetry popular among the general public by the means of music. For that very reason, Dylan was awarded the Noble Prize of Literature in 2016. The online says that Bhupen has done the same to the Indian regional languages and Hindi languages. A PhD in Mass Communication from New York, Hazarika, has written and produced films, music and helped the society to be a better place.
In his Nepali songs, he has used typical Nepali words used by the people living in India. The song titled ‘Doko’ is about rich people who are not happy by the load they carry in their Doko and another song is about a Nepali girl. It seems, he has also composed other Nepali songs. I hope to do a deep research on Hazarika’s familiarity of Nepali language in future. For, now I am enjoying the songs and wishing I knew about that before he died.
Anyway, thank you Dr. Hazarika! I wish you rest in peace.
The female singer is Anju Devi.
Bhupen Hazarika singing Nepali songs:
Saanjh Bhayo aayo
Doko, nepali song
This song is Nepali version of Dr. Hazarika’s song (not written by himself but, written by the people of Darjeeling)