The Google Doodle on September 8 paid tribute to eminent Indian lyricist, singer, filmmaker and poet Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 96th birth anniversary.

Google honoured Hazarika with a colourful and whimsical illustration of the legendary singer on its home page.

In 2019, Bhupen Hazarika received India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Bhupen Hazarika was born on September 8, 1926, and passed away on November 5, 2011. 

Bhupen Hazarika sang about a thousand songs in his entire life. He has sung songs not only in Assamese language but in many other languages including Hindi, Bengali.

He also had a keen interest in literature. Apart from songs, he has also written 15 books. He will always be remembered as a filmmaker for special films like Shakuntala and Anonson.

Hazarika was most popular in West Bengal and Bangladesh and was responsible for introducing the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema.

Popularly known as Sudhakantha, meaning the nightingale, he had received the National Film Award, Padmashri, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Padma Vibhushan, and many other prestigious honours.