Saturday, July 25, 2009

Music lovers lament Alpona Banerjee's death.

Music lovers lament Alpona Banerjee’s death.

The music lovers all across India lament Alpona Banerjee’s death on 24th July 2009. Children and elders had huge affection towards the romantic singer. She had sung many romantic songs both in Bengali films and also had basic discs during the golden age of Bengali music.

Her notable Bengali modern songs included “mon bolche aaj sondhay kichu bolte tumi ashbe ki” composed by Manobendra Mukherjee, “tumi shundar bole taito bondhu besecho halo amay” composed by Manobendra Mukherjee, “bolechhile tumi gaan shonabe” composed by Abhijit Banerjee, etc. She sang very significant songs in hit films in the 50s. Her song “hridoy amar shundaro tobo pay” in Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen’s film Sagarika became landmark hit. Robin Chatterji, the composer of the song used Alpona’s silky voice for expressing the affection of the actress Jamuna Singha in the film.

Alpona Banerjee sang many significant songs in other films like Bikash Roy’s Chele Kar, Pahari Sanyal’s Bidhyasagar, etc. In the mid-50s Alpona became matchless in her children’s songs which were termed as “charar gaan”.

Children all across the country are obsessed towards the songs of Alpona Banerjee. Her notable songs included “chotto pakhi chondona”, “hattimatim tim”, etc. Those songs did great business in the regional market of West Bengal.

Alpona Banerjee discontinued music after marriage and faded away from the Bengali music arena in the late 60s. The listeners felt sad about it as Alpona Banerjee’s romantic voice had appeal along with Sandhya Mukherjee, Geeta Dutt, Nirmala Mishra, Pratima Banerjee, Bani Ghoshal and many other leading singers og Bengali modern songs.

Alpona Banerjee appeared in TV channels like Doordarshan a number of times in the 80s and 90s and sang her popular songs. Her songs and films should be preserved and restored.

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