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Dwijen Mukhopadhyay turns 87

November 12, 2014

Dwijen Mukhopadhyay has been one of the foremost Bengali singers of all time. He is famous as a Rabindrasangeet singer, though he has sung other types of songs too, like basic or adhunik in Bengali and songs in Bengali and Hindi films.

He has applied himself to interpreting Tagore's songs with single-minded devotion, using his naturally resonant voice to his best advantage. His interpretations of Rabindranath Tagore’s songs have drawn thousands of admirers, both from within and outside Bengal. He has performed Rabindrasangeet in the noted Bengali films, Kshudita Pashan and Sandhya Raag under the baton of distinguished music directors Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar, respectively. His Rabindrasangeet reditions in Kancher Swarga, Bon Palashir Padabali and Wheel Chair are landmarks.

Among Bengali listeners, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay is also known well for performing the song ‘Jaago Durga’ in the musical play, Mahisasuramardini, which is played in the morning on the day of Mahalaya every year by All India Radio.

2014 also marks his 70th year as a professional singer, having debuted in 1944 at the age of just 17 by recording a set of basic Bengali songs with Megaphone Record Company.

Dwijen Mukhopadhyay was introduced to the folk music of Bengal, and Hindi film music, by the eminent music composer Salil Chowdhury. The friendship between Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Salil Chowdhury, which started in the late 1940s, has given us many masterpieces, among them ‘Shyamal Barani Ogo Konya’, ‘Klanti Namey Go’, ‘Ekdin Phire Jabo Chole’, and ‘Pallabini Go Sancharini’ in Bengali, and songs in the Hindi films Madhumati, Honeymoon, Maayaa and Sapan Suhaane.

His long and fruitful life has also given Dwijen Mukhopadhyay the rare privilege of playing an active part in the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore in 1961, and again in the 150th anniversary in 2011.

Today, on his 87th birthday, Team M3.tv wishes Dwijen Mukhopadhyay the very best, and thanks him for gifting us some of the best songs ever sung.

Listen to some of the best of Dwijen Mukhopadhyay here.

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