Bhupen Hazarika to be awarded Bharat Ratna on Aug 8

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Assam Music Maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika will be awarded the Bharat Ratna on August 8.

The announcement had been made in a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan which also said the award would be given to Former President Pranab Mukherjee and social activist Nanaji Deshmukh.

Mukherjee, India’s 13th President, was selected for Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award – in January of 2019.

Born in 1926 in Sadiya into a family of teachers, the academically-talented Hazarika completed his basic education from Guwahati in 1942, BA from Banaras Hindu University in 1944 and MA (Pol Sc) in 1946. He did his PhD in Mass Communication from Columbia University. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from Chicago University, US to study the use of educational project development through cinema.

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