Kolkata, Oct 4: Legendary playback singer Sandhya Mukherjee turned 87 on Thursday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished her on the occasion. “Wishing legendary singer Sandhya Mukherjee a very happy birthday,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Born on this day in 1931, she started her training on Music from Pandit Santosh Kumar Basu who is a good music trainer. Then she got trained on the Classical music and songs from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, is one of the legendary female Bengali singers and musicians.
She is also known as Gitashree Sandhya Mukherjee.The famous singer started her career from Hindi songs in Mumbai. She was a good friend of the singing queen Lata Mangeshkar at that time. Mukherjee married to Shyamal Gupta who was a famous lyricist in Bengali film industry.Then she became one of the famous singer in Bengali film industry. But now she is not singing for any film industry and public functions.
She was the expert in singing on modern Bengali songs and Bengali filmy songs. She sang for all actress in Bengali film industry but her voice of singing is very similar to the talking voice of Suchitra Sen who was a famous Bengali Actress. So when Sandhya sang for Suchitra Sen it was very amazing and interesting.
Her songs lip synced by Suchitra Sen - 'Gane Mor Kon Indro Dhanu', 'Fhuler Kane Bhromor Ane', 'E Sudhu Ganer Din' and 'Ei Modhu Rat Sudhu Phool Papiyar' were unique. Apart from the songs from the movies, the other modern Bengali songs like, 'Hoeto Kichui Nahi Pabo', Modhur Modhur Bangshi Baje', Choiti Phuler Ki Badish Ranga Rakhi', Tara Jhilmil Swapna Michil', Gun Gun Mun Bhomora, and 'Aye Brishti Jhepe, Dhan Debo Mepe', are immortal. Among her Rabindra Sangeet, 'Jete Deo Gelo Jara', Ogo Ke Jabi Pare', 'Amar Se Din Bheshe Geche', Dip Nibhe Geche Momo', and Dibasha` Rajani Ami Jeno Kar', are noteworthy.
Her classical based voice suited Nazrul Geeti and the following songs are very popular till today - 'Janam Janam Gelo Asha Potho Chahia', 'Horir Rang Lage aji', 'Amar Aponar Cheye Apon Je Jon', 'Anjali Loho Mor Sangite', 'Harano Hiyar Nikunjo Bone, 'Kemone Rakhi Akhi Bari Chapiya', and 'Bidaye Sandhya Ashilo Oi'.
Her two Rajanikanta's songs, 'Amito Tomare Chahini Jibone', and Tumi Nirmolo Koro Mongolo Kore' will live forever to the listeners.Sandhya was awarded with many famous awards for singing. She was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2008 and Banga-Vibhushan in the year 2011 and National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her songs in the films Jay Jayanti and Nishi Padma in the year 1970. (UNI)