Legendary Bengali semi-classical singer Sandhya Mukherjee died on the evening of February 15 following a large pathology, yielding numerous mourning fans of all ages across borders. She was 91. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 and suffered a cardiac arrest. Her heart was showcasing irregular rhythm.
Mukherjee, who refused Padma Shri from the Centre, was cherished both in India and Bangladesh. As Bangladesh fought for freedom, she would perform free concerts to boost money for the ten million East Pakistan citizens who were forced to hunt for refuge in India.
She suffered an enormous attack at around 7.30 pm, the senior hospital official told Mourning Mukherjee’s death Mamata Banerjee said she would curtail a three-day tour to the northern districts of the state which had launched into and would return to the town to attend her last rites.Prime ministers on either side of the border also mourned her.In a message, Sheikh Hasina said, “Geetshri’ (distinguished musician) Sandhya Mukherjee not only spread musical magic throughout the sub-continent, her role in Bangladesh’s freedom struggle will never be forgotten.”
Mukherjee played a task within the Bangladesh liberation war, joining many leading artists who performed free concerts to boost money for the ten million People’s Republic of Bangladesh citizens who were forced to hunt refuge in India.She also sang for the ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’ (Free Bangladesh Radio) in Kolkata, founded by the govt of Bangladesh in exile.When Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, returned to Bangladesh in 1972, he was greeted by a song sung by Mukherjee which was played on Swadhin Bangla Betar.
Born in 1931 in Kolkata, Mukherjee was trained within the 1940s by Santosh Kumar Basu, A.T. Kannan and Chinmoy Lahiri. She began her formal training within the Patiala Gharana under the legendary Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She began her career as a playback singer within the early 1950s.Cutting across borders, for variant Bengalis across the world, Mukherjee became the voice of an era of romance, where stars like Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen ruled the matinee lights.
Mukhopadhyay has sung for various Bengali and Hindi films, and has worked with leading music directors, including S.D.Burman, Madan Mohan, Naushad, Anil Biswas and Salil Chaudhury.The singer, a recipient of the ‘Banga Bibhushan’, and National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer had refused a suggestion of a Padma Shri award when she was contacted by central governing body on the phone for her consent before Republic Day this year.She is survived by her daughter and son in law.