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Sandhya Mukhopadhyay
Native name সন্ধ্যা মুখোপাধ্যায়
Birth name Sandhya Mukhopadhyay
Born Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Genres Bengali and Hindi Playback-(Adhunik/Modern Bangla)
Occupation(s) Singer/Composer
Years active 4th October 1931 - present

Sandhya Mukhopadhyay (shondha mukhopaddhae) is an Indian singer and musician, specialising in Bengali music. She was born in Kolkata, India. She is also known as Sandhya Mukherjee. She was very close friends with the late Alpana Banerjee. She received Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal in 2011.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, she married poet Shyamal Gupta and settled with her husband in Calcutta.

Songs List[edit]

see List of songs recorded by Sandhya Mukherjee

Training and career[edit]

Sandhya started her music training under the direction of Pandit Santosh Kumar Basu, Professor A T Kannan and Professor Chinmoy Lahiri. However, her guru was Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and followed by his son Ustad Munavvar Ali Khan under whom she mastered Indian classical music.

Though classically trained, the bulk of her work consists of Bengali modern songs. She began her career in Mumbai singing Hindi songs, starting with a song in the film Anjan Garh at the age of 17. Following her marriage to the Bengali poet Shyamal Gupta she settled in her home city of Kolkata. Gupta went on to write the lyrics for many of her songs.

Her best known collaboration is arguably with the Bengali singer Hemanta Mukherjee with whom she sang numerous duets, primarily as playback for Bengali films produced from Kolkata. Hemanta and Sandhya became known as the voices behind the pairings of the Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar and his numerous heroines, most notably being the actress Suchitra Sen, whose singing voice she became. Besides Hemanta Mukherjee's compositions, her largest body of work is with Robin Chattopadhyay and Nachiketa Ghosh. She has also sung notable songs under Salil Chowdhury, Kabir Suman, and Sudhin Dasgupta's baton.

During the Bangladesh Liberation War she joined the mass movement among Indian Bengali artistes to raise money for the millions of refugees who had poured into Kolkata and West Bengal to escape the fighting, and to raise global awareness for the cause of Bangladesh. She assisted Bangladeshi musician Samar Das as he set up the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the clandestine radio station broadcasting to Bangladesh and recorded several patriotic songs for him. On the occasion of the release of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the imprisoned leader of the new country of Bangladesh, she released a song Bangabandhu Tumi Phirey Ele. She later became one of the first foreign artistes to visit Dhaka, performing at an open-air concert in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka to celebrate the first Ekushey February after Bangladeshi independence in 1971. She also recorded several songs for Samar Das's film Dhirey Bohey Meghna and Salil Chowdhury's Raktakta Bangla.

She is an institution in Bengal and has a huge following among the young and the old in both India and Bangladesh.

Contribution To Hindi Films[edit]

1948 Anjaan Garh | R C Boral[edit]

1. Ab Nahi Dharat Dheer Dheer

1948 Sabya Sachi | Robin Chatterji[edit]

1. Aayee Mere Jeevan Ki Saanjh Suhani 2. Dil Bhi Udaas Udaas Chaman Bhi Udaas

1950 Pehla Aadmi | R C Boral[edit]

1. Taaron Ki Roshni Me Duniya Nai..(with Apresh Lahiri) 2. Ham Chale Nai Duniya Basaane..(with Apresh Lahiri) 3. Ashkon Me Chhipi Mohabbat Ki Kahani 4. Kaun Kehta Hai Tasveer Tumhari

1951 Sazaa | S D Burman[edit]

1. Aa Gupchup Gupchup Pyar Karen..(with Hemant Kumar) 2. Ye Baat Koi Samjhaye Re

1951 Taraana | Anil Biswas[edit]

1. Bol Papihe Bol Kaun Hai Tera Chitchor..(with Lata Mangeshkar)

1952 Izzat | Bulo C Rani[edit]

1. Ishq Me Ho Jao Barbaad..(with G. M. Durrani) 2. Kya Kya Sitam Sahe Hain Do Din Ki Zindagi Me 3. Tera Jhoomta Shabaab Jaise..(with G. M. Durrani)

1953 Baaghi | Madan Mohan[edit]

1. Jungle Mangal

1953 Ek Do Teen | Vinod[edit]

1. Aa Jaa Re Balam Tujhe Meri Kasam

1953 Fareb | Anil Biswas[edit]

1. Udaasiyon Me Nazar Kho Gai

1953 Husn Ka Chor | Bulo C Rani[edit]

1. Dheere Dheere Dil Me Samaa..(with S D gupta) 2. Dil Lagaane Wale Apne Se Hazaaron Hain..(with Mohd. Rafi) 3. O Jaane Waale Kisi Ka Salaam Leta Jaa 4. O Sangdil Zamaane Mujkhe Kyun Rulaata Hai

1954 Manohar | S Venkat Raman[edit]

1. Aayee Basant Ritu Aayee Bahaar Leke 2. Doob Gaye Sab Aas Ke Taare 3. Rut Hai Suhaani Raat Jawan Hai..(with Hemant Kumar) 4. Sukh Bhari Duniya Meri Barbaad Jo

1956 Jaagte Raho | Salil Choudhary[edit]

1. Maine Jo Lee Angrayee Teri Mehfil

1966 Mamta | Roshan[edit]

1. Tose Naina Laage Re Saanwariya

1973 Chimni Ka Dhuwan | Robin Chatterji[edit]

1. Beet Jayegi Umariya Ya Fir Na Milegi


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17 news items

Times of India
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0700

Of course, Hemanta, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Shyamal Mitra, Arati Mukherjee and Nirmala Mishra were the regular participants of this annual function. Usha Uthup, who is a part of Wednesday's programme, sounded excited: "I have been a part of the older ...

Times of India

Times of India
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:11:47 -0700

Even while accompanying great singers like Manna De, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and Shyamal Mitra, the duo of Pratapda and Khokanda have left us spellbound with their music for so many years now. Almost like a soliloquy, Pratapda mumbled, "Khokanda's ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 05:45:18 -0700

Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Debajyoti Mishra and Suparna Kanti Ghosh remember the singer, the friend, the human being. Mannada (Dey) had the golden voice that ruled the golden period of Hindi cinema with memorable songs like Puchho na kaise, Zindagi ...
The Daily Star
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0800

... by legendary singers Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and Geeta Dutt for many timeless Bengali films including, “Shobar Oporey”, “Hospital”, “Poth-e Holo Deri”, “Harano Sur” and “Sagarika” those Mahanayika Suchitra Sen immortalised with her immaculate acting.

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0800

“Legendary singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay immortalized the timeless songs for Suchitra Sen's films. We have grown-up listening and singing those numbers. The audience's great response to The Daily Star's previous programme is really inspiring. We hope ...
Sat, 19 May 2012 22:24:17 -0700

Artistes like Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Supriya Devi, Manna Dey, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Amala Shankar have been conferred the award. "Of course, one year is too small a period to judge somebody. Let her complete her full-term and give her the ...
The Daily Star
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0800

Parveen Sultana's is a voice with a striking resemblance to the legendary Sandhya Mukhopadhyay's. The artiste started off with “Ghum Ghum Chand”. She also performed “Ami Swapney Tomaye Dekhechhi” in her captivating voice. Parveen Sultana did ...

Daily Star Online

Daily Star Online
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:06:19 -0700

He has worked with the likes of Sudhin Dasgupta, Salil Dasgupta, Dilip Mukherjee, Subhas Mukherjee and Shanti Chaterjee, and has written and composed songs 1300 songs, many of which for eminent singers, including Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Pt. Ajoy ...

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