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Legendary singer Sandhya Mukherjee passes away

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Legendary singer Sandhya Mukherjee passes away

Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee, also known as Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, passed away in a hospital in India’s Kolkata on Tuesday. She was 90.

The singing legend suffered a massive cardiac arrest at 7:30pm and died in Apollo Hospital in Kolkata.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Sandhya Mukherjee.

Sandhya Mukherjee was admitted to SSKM Hospital in the last week of January with post-COVID-19 complications. Later, she was shifted to Apollo Hospital in Kolkata.

She left behind a daughter, a host of relatives, well-wishers and admirers to mourn her death. A pall of gloom descended on  the cultural fraternity of India and Bangladesh after the news of her death spread.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Sandhya Mukherjee. In a message of condolence, she recalled the contribution of the great singer during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Sandhya Mukherjee sang the famous song “Bangabandhu Fire Ele Tomar Swapner Swadhin Banglay” on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s homecoming.

Sandhya Mukherjee was born October 4, 1931 at Dhakuria in Kolkata. She was a disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. A classical musician, she began her career in Bollywood and has sung for 17 Hindi films.

Later, she moved back to Kolkata and married Bengali poet Shyamal Gupta in 1966, who wrote the lyrics for many of her songs.

In her career spanning over several decades, Mukherjee won many awards, including National Film Award of India for Best Female Playback Singer.

On January 25, a few days before she was admitted to hospital, she had refused to accept the Padma Shri Award. Calling the decision to grant her the award “insulting and demeaning,” she had said it has come too late for her, and a junior artiste would be more deserving.