Dr. Himangshu Barman born at village Gomuragaon near Sarupeta in Bajali Sub-division of Barpeta District of Assam State of India. His father was Late Dinanath Barman who was a school teacher, contractor and well known leading social worker of the locality. His father established school, market and constructed roadside common wells for drinking water for the villagers. But unfortunately he was brutally murdered by miscreants in the year 1971. Dr. Himangshu Barman lost his father at his age of just 2 year and 6 months before knowing a father in his life. His mother was late Taranginii Bhuyan Barman who was from a Satriya Bhuyan family of Dihing Satra in North Guwahati. His grandfather late Bhandoram Barman and grandmother late Moupriya Kalita were originally lived at Makhibaha near Tihu in Nalbari district. Grandmother late Moupriya Kalita was from Kamarkuchi village of Barbhag locality in Nalbari district. Later grandfather Bhandoram Barman shifted to village Gomuragaon and stayed permanently.
His primary education was in his village primary school, high school at Sarupeta Boy’s High School up to class VII and then at Kuralguri High School, Dergaon in Golaghat district up to HSLC. He graduated from Bajali College at Pathsala in Barpeta district. He was the best graduate of that college in 1989-90 and awarded Merit Certificate by Assam Science Society, Bajali Branch. He did his M. Sc in Botany from Gauhati University. During his M. Sc course he did joined service in the Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. By continuing service, he completed his M. Sc degree. He did Ph. D in Biotechnology from Gauhati University after getting official permission from M/O Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India, New Delhi. After Ph. D, he resigned from Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and joined Central Muga Eri Research and Training Institute, Central Silk Board, M/O Textiles, Government of India, Lahdoigarh, Jorhat as a Scientist in the year 2009.
Dr. Himangshu Barman besides being a scientist and researcher, also use to write newspaper articles, books, poems, lyrics of songs, sing songs, research papers, delivered radio talks. He wrote a science book named “Post Harvest Food Grain Storage” that was published by AGROBIO’S INDIA, Jodhpur in 2008 and have been selling in different countries. This book is the reference book of course syllabus of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Anna University, Abdul Kalam Science and Technology University. For 2008-2009 years, Dr. Himangshu Barman was the member of editorial advisory board of international journal “Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences”. He was given the honorary faculty membership of “African Journal of Food Sciences”. Dr. Himangshu Barman is also the faculty member of prestigious world association “World Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Technology” (WASET).
During his Dh. D course, he discovered two new aflatoxin-B producing strains of Aspergillus flavus. And also worked on “Effect of compartmentalization in paddy grain”. While working on Polythene Device for early stage indoor rearing of Muga silkworm, he discover the fact that plant leaves absorb moisture from the atmosphere. Dr. Himangshu Barman invented several technologies such as “Multiple Seed Storage Metal Bin”, “Leaf Freshness Technology”, “Nutrient Supplemented Phago-stimulate Formulation”, “Early Stage Rearing Polythene Device”, “All-in-one Eri Silkworm Device”, ”Cocooning and Storage Device for Eri, Muga and Mulberry” etc. and published research papers in several international reputed journal. He also worked on Semi-synthetic Diet Rearing of Muga Silkworm.
During Ph. D course, Dr. Himangshu Barman wrote a book on his songs and poems titled “Mor Jibanor Tulunga Nao”. In this book he tried to enhance interest of poem reading by give a footage explanation of background facts of creating the poem. During this period he also produced an audio album of his own lyrics sang by singers like Jitul Sonowal, Mousumi Saharia, Dr. Sangita Kakoti, Loknath Goswami and Dilip Fernandez. The song Sukula Mon Mor Podum Pahi sang by Dr. Sangita Kakoti beautifully express human emotions and show an affinity with great Jyotiprasad Agarwal’s creation. In this song, beautifully depicts “….. mayare abura jibon khelaghar .. hingkhar jui re najolabi” and ended with noble submission “… kalijar umere rasa mor sopon oi .. kuhi path suwala gan”. Dr. Himangshu Barman created this song while working in the Biotechnology Laboratory of Gauhati University in his Ph. D course. Another beautiful song of this album is “Sarodi sarat henguli akash sewali sar puwa kata he aru jay patijay rangar mella” sang by Mousumi Saharia. In the lyric of this song, lyricist Dr. Himangshu Barman wonderfully explain his emotion in autumn season during Durga Puja festival. This song has the wording affinity with songs of legendary Dr.Bhupen Hazrika expressing “…. Suwani sokur rangin sopon, lawani othor hahi…, sata rangar lawani tuli, rangin phulor pahi..”. “Mor sopon tumi janane …. Bar luitor boku upachai pragotir pahar grohim” sang by Loknath Goswami is really express patriotic feeling of the lyricist. This song is also on the same wording line of Dr. Phupen Hazarica’s “Asom amar rupohi gunoro nai sekh”. Thus all songs of this album is heart touching melodious. All India Radio stations have been playing these songs regularly.
All the eight modern Assamese songs of the album “SONPAHI” are of in own lyrics and voice of Dr. Himangshu Barman. The first song “Akani akani dekhare dharani, akani sikhure jak” has created by him in the memory of legendary Dr. Bhupen Hazarika beautifully depicting in lyrical art as “bishwa bandita Bhupen Hazarika, sangskritir pita moha”. Music and lyrical rhythm in voice of Dr. Himangshu Barman project it as one of the best patriotic inspirational modern Assamese song. Similarly the song “Jak jak bonuwai, jak jak haluwai, gaise aji….., we are in the same boat brother” is a lyrical admixture of world legend Paul Rapson and Dr. Bhupen Hazarika expressing the sufferings of farmers and labourers in this world. Another beautiful song of this album is “Ajir ai sandhiya, ganare sabhate, milanar modhu katha, surere gutha”. Lyric of song is successful in drawing a beautiful picture of a cultural evening in lyrical art. He wonderfully presented the joyful feelings of audiences in form of lyrical word “Mon moyuror pakhi, surore pekhan dhari, mursita prane nase, tale tale sapori baje”. Other melody songs of this album are “o o marami sapon pori”, “Phule phule nana rang dharise”, “Kahi kheror pojati, urukhani nikhati”, Siphung khamor tale tale”. Musical composition of all these songs are excellent.
Another album of modern Assamese songs of Dr. Himangshu Barman is “Ai Mor” in fond memory of his beloved mother Late Taranginii Bhuyan Barman. Title song “Ai mor Akhami suwani oh,…… atitor kiriti saboti oh, dharare bokute jilika oh” is one of the best creation of Dr. Himangshu Barman. Combination of lyric, music and his sweet voice makes it a heart beating melodious patriotic song. Lyrical appeal at the end of last antara of this song to Assamese society as “Asomi aike, nijore gharate, aloi athani, hobaloi nidibi de” is really really excellent patriotic expression. Another patriotic song “Bhang bhang, sakalowe mili bhang, durniti sakhanor raj har bhang, santir suruje , mukutir darere, tetiyahe melib jowar” very strongly express voice of mass people against corruption. Song written on fond memories of his mother “Aire kolate lovilu janom, melu nemelu koi, melilu nayan” is very melodious and the music and lyric easily touches hearts of audiences. The single Hindi Song “Hai bai kar lo hi, hai bai kar lo” is a perfect combination of lyric and music.Similarly the Bangla Song “Nake pindhi naker phuli, Goalparar sangri re, nodir ghate pani pani ane, kolsir golai dhoriya sangri re” is also a melodious song with traditional Goalporiya music. “Kolahal kolahal manuhar kolahal” is a very enjoyable song that perfectly express the suffering of trouble ridden section of people in the society. Other songs of this album are love song “Akhuji dukhuji koi, ahu ne nahu koi, logala premore ba, rangote bauli hoi”, natural inspirational song “Niyare semeka sitare puwa, prabhati suruje dilehi suma”.
Shortly, Dr. Himangshu Barman will publish a book titled “SABDA MUKUTA” covering 100 nos. songs created by him. These songs will include Assamese modern songs, Bihu songs, Kamrupiya lokogeet, Nagara song.