Dipali Barthakur

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Dipali Barthakur
Born(1941-01-30)30 January 1941
Nilomoni Tea Estate, Sonari, Sivasagar, Assam
Died21 December 2018(2018-12-21) (aged 77)
Years active1955-1969
Spouse(s)Neel Pawan Barua
AwardsPadmashri, 1998

Dipali Barthakur (30 January 1941 – 21 December 2018) was an Indian singer from Assam. Her songs were sung mainly in the Assamese language.[1] She received the fourth-highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri, in the year 1998.[2]

Early life[edit]

Barthakur was born in 1941 to Bishwanath Borthakur and Chandrakanti Devi[3] in Sonari at Sivasagar, Assam.[4][5]

Musical career[edit]

Borthakur started her career as a singer early. When she was studying in class nine, in 1958, she sang the song "Mor Bopai Lahori" on All India Radio, Guwahati,[4] and the song "Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon" for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).[6]

Some of her other popular Assamese songs are:[3]

  • "Sonor Kharu Nalage Muk"
  • "Joubone Aamoni Kore, Chenaidhon"
  • "Jundhone Junalite"
  • "Konmana Boroxire Sip"
  • "Senai Moi Jau Dei"
  • "O' Bondhu Somoi Pale Amar Phale"

Personal life[edit]

Barthakur sang her last song "Luito nejabi boi" in 1969.[4] After that she began suffering from a severe motor neuron disease which hindered her singing and forced her to use a wheelchair. In 1976 she married Neel Pawan Barua, an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam and son of renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua.[1][7]

Barthakur died on 21 December 2018 at Nemcare Hospital, Guwahati, after a prolonged illness.[8] She was known as "Nightingale of Assam".[9]


Barthakur was honored many times, most notably with the Padma Shri award for folk and traditional music in 1990–92.

Some of her awards/ recognitions are listed below:


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  5. "Assamese singer Dipali Barthakur passes away". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 22 December 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 March 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. "Musical Minds". enajori.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. "Where Rubies are Hidden - II". Rukshaan Art. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. "Dipali Borthakur Passes Away". Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. "Singer Dipali Barthakur passes away, last rite today with state honour". www.thehillstimes.in. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. "October 16th, 2010 - October 28th, 2010, The Strand Art Room, Neel Pawan Baruah". ArtSlant. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  11. "Rediff On The NeT: Nani Palkhivala, Lakshmi Sehgal conferred Padma Vibushan". Rediff.co.in. 27 January 1998. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. TI Trade (18 January 2010). "The Assam Tribune Online". Assamtribune.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  13. "Aideu Handique Silpi Award to Dipali Borthakur". htsyndication.com. 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.