The pied piper of Bengali music trade – Sandhya Mukherjee who gave delivery to a cascade of never-heard-before musical melodies that grew to become the lyrical language of tens of millions of romantic hearts – handed away in a metropolis hospital on the age of 90 forsaking a legacy of unforgettable songs that will probably be remembered even after her dying.
The final of the residing legend in ‘Trendy Bengali Songs’ after Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Shyamal Mitra – Mukherjee not solely had a lyrical spectrum of musical rainbow that solid a spell on the romantic desires of Bengali viewers for greater than 4 many years however she had a fearless and undeterred voice even until the top of her life when she may boldly refuse the ‘Padma Shri Award’ by the central authorities saying ‘Mera dil nahi chahti. Mein nahi lungi’ (My coronary heart isn’t giving consent. I received’t obtain it).
A few days after refusing the celebrated award she was admitted to SSKM hospital with breathlessness and lung an infection. Later she was shifted to a non-public hospital the place she was examined Covid optimistic and after a battle of 19 days the legendary singer handed away. Mukherjee left singing in 2003 however she was revered and honoured until the final day of her life.
Born on October 4, 1931 at Dhakuria in South Kolkata of Railway worker Narendranath Mukherjee and Hemprabha Devi, Mukherjee the youngest of the six siblings recorded her first track on the age of solely 13 years. She took her preliminary training of music from Santosh Kuamr Basu and after that she honed her expertise from A.T. Kanan and Chimoy Lahiri.
Later she bought Ustad Bade Golam Ali Khan and his son Ustad Manwar Ali Khan as her Guru (Trainer). The consultants have at all times stated that although Mukherjee has sung quite a few songs for movies however she by no means ignored Indian Classical Music. The Indian classical Music and Trendy Bengali Songs melted in her.
Although she has sung quite a few songs, she is going to at all times be remembered for her songs that she had sung for the Bengali movies. It has sometimes been stated that the box-office hit movies of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen had by no means been full with out these of Hemanta Mukherjee and Sandhya Mukherjee. Songs like ‘Gane mor Indradhanu’ or ‘Ei poth jodi na sesh hoi’ or ‘Ke tumi Amare Dako’ nonetheless tickle each Bengali coronary heart.
Regardless of her musical profession Mukherjee by no means left her sense of freedom and shallowness. In the course of the liberation warfare of Bangladesh, she joined the mass motion and raised cash for 1000’s of refugees. She created ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’, a radio station of that point in Bangladesh with Bangladeshi musician Samar Das by means of which she recorded and transmitted patriotic songs that impressed 1000’s of Bengladeshi freedom fighters. After the discharge of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he sang the track ‘Bangabandhu Tumi Phire Ale’ within the night.
Her sense of patriotism and self-respect was evident even on her final days when she refused and stated – “My nation loves me. I left singing in 2003. That is my pursuit. That’s what I’ve finished all my life. I didn’t have a look at something. I by no means considered taking Padma Shri in my life. When the individuals of my love me, be it Padma Shri or something, I don’t want. I don’t need something greater than the love of my countrymen”.
–By Saibal Gupta