November 5, 2011 05:44:35 PM IST Sreya Basu, IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
Veteran singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika died at a Mumbai hospital on Saturday evening. He was 85.
Hazarika breathed his last at 4.30pm, according to hospital sources.
The singer was undergoing dialysis at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital after both his kidneys failed. He was admitted to the hospital on June 29.
His condition deteriorated since October 23.
As a singer, Hazarika was known for his deep baritone voice and crisp diction; as a lyricist, he was known for poetic compositions and parables that touch on a wide range of themes ranging from the erotic to social and political commentary; and as a composer for his use of folk music with a touch of the contemporary.
In addition to his native Assamese, Hazarika sang in many other Indic languages, including Bengali and Hindi, many of these the translations of originally Assamese-composed songs.