Amar Pal

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Amar Pal (19 May 1922 – 20 April 2019) was an Indian Bengali folk singer and author.

Early life[edit]

Pal was born in 1922 at Brahmanbaria in British India. His father Mahesh Chandra Pal died when Pal was 10. He learned folk songs from his mother Durga Sundari Devi. He also trained in classical music from Ustad Ayat Ali Khan, brother of legendary Allauddin Khan.[1] Later Pal received training in folk music from Mani Chakraborty and Suren Chakraborty in Kolkata.[2]

Career[edit]

Pal went to Kolkata in 1948 with Sachindranath Bhattacharya, a lyricist of All India Radio. In 1951, he first got a chance to sing in Akashbani Kolkata. He recorded thousands of folk and modern Bengali songs in the next seven decades. The satirical song "Kotoi Rongo Dekhi Duniyay", in Satyajit Ray's Hirak Rajar Deshe, made him famous. He worked in a number of Bengali films as a playback singer or music director.[3]

Pal attended seminars and workshops on folk music worldwide and became the Vice-Chairman of the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy.[2]

He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007 from the Government of India[4] and the Government of West Bengal awarded him the Sangeet Mahasamman in 2012 for his prolonged contribution in folk music.[5] He was honoured by the Rabindra Bharati University and Burdwan University.

Pal also wrote two books, Banglar Loksangeet and Banglaar Nadir Gaan.[6]

The notable devotional songs Pal sang are as follows:

  • Prabhata Samaye
  • Jago He Nagarbasi
  • Jagia Laho Krishna Nam
  • Ami Kothay Gele
  • Amar Gour Kene
  • Rai Jago
  • Rai Jago Go
  • Hari Din Toh Gelo
  • Prabhate Gouranga Nam
  • Bharati Gouranga Loiya
  • Mon Radhe Radhe
  • Vrindabana Bilasini, etc.[7]

Death[edit]

Pal died at SSKM Hospital, Kolkata after a cardiac arrest on 20 April 2019 at the age of 96.[5]

References[edit]

  1. "Amar Pal, Veteran Bengali Folk Singer, Dies in Kolkata". 20 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Amar Paul". sangeetnatak.gov.in. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. চলে গেলেন কিংবদন্তি শিল্পী অমর পাল [Legendary Folk Artist Amar Pal Is No More]. The Indian Express (in Bengali). 20 April 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. Laxmikanth. Current Affairs Reckoner. Tata McGraw-Hill Education. p. A-111. ISBN 978-0-07-022166-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Noted Bengali folk singer Amar Pal dies". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. "Legendary Bengali folk singer Amar Paul dead". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  7. অমর পাল আর নেই. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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