Born: 8 September 1926
Died: 5 November 2011
- He was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as Sudhakantha.
- His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi.
- His songs, based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice, and empathy, have become popular among the people of Assam, besides West Bengal and Bangladesh.
- He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level.
- He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975.
- Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001),Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India’s highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
- He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2012.
- He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna India’s highest civilian award, in 2019.
- He also held the position of the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1998 to December 2003.
- He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 2019.
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