Forty five years since Jayanta Hazarika left this world, the popular singer is still living in the hearts of millions of his fans in the state and outside it. Yes, we are talking of Rana-Da, the singer with the evergreen sonorous voice.
He was born on September 20 in 1943. But he had to breathe his last in 1977, at the young age of 34. He was a musician, a lyricist, singer and composer.
Rana Da started his musical career following in the footsteps of Bhupen Hazarika, being from a musical family. He is said to be the first Assamese composer to fuse western musical forms such as rock and roll, jazz and Western Classical with traditional Assamese melodies.
He shifted to Calcutta in 1962 where he honed his musical talent and then recorded two songs with HMV- 'Aagoli botahe kopale kolore paat' and 'Krishnachura Krishnachura'), which was his tryst with a professional musical career. In 1963, he did his first playback singing with the song 'Sonar baran pakhire tor' along with Shyamal Mitra for the movie 'Maniram Dewan'.
Jayanta Hazarika composed music for feature films, documentaries and stage-plays. In 1977 Jayanta Hazarika formed an institution named Xur Bahini, with the help of people from Golaghat, to help the flood-victims of Assam. This group used to sing in the streets and collect remunerations which were later donated.
His life span was small. But within this short spell of time what he achieved was immense indeed, reaching his zenith musically.
That's why, his songs have remained evergreen
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