Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dhananjoy Bhattacharya remained unwept unsung.

Dhananjoy Bhattacharya remained unwept unsung.

Dhananjoy Bhattacharya was one of the classic-best singers of the 50s and the 60s. He was used by most of the leading composers of Bengali films, like Salil Choudhury, Anil Bagchi, Robin Chatterji and other stalwarts.

Dhananjoy Bhattacharya sang the sung “jhir jhir jhir jhir jhir jhir borosa, hay kigo horosha” in the film Pasher Bari. Later the film Pasher Bari was remade in hindi with the name Parosan where Mehmood and Kishore Kumar played cameos. Dhananjoy Bhattacharya also acted in the film Pasher Bari in the role which was later played by Kishore Kumar in Parosan.

Raichand Boral used Dhananjoy Bhattacharya in the film Nilachale Mahaprabhu based on the life of Chaitanya Deb. His song “hari haraye nomokrishna” and “jagannath jagathbandhu” was as brilliant as Manobendra Mukherjee’s “jagannath jagatbandhu”. Anil Bagchi used him in the film Rani Rashmoni in the song “gaya ganga”.

Dhananjoy Bhattacharya continued his dream run with the song “kataro agathe chino paye rakta jhare” in Uttam Kumar’s film Sabar Upare and “bondhure” in Uttam Kumar’s Shilpi which were composed by Robin Chatterji. Shyamal Mitra used Dhananjoy in Uttam Kumar’s film Bhranti Bilas in the song “ahalya”. From the 60s and 70s he devoted time in singing shyamasangeet, the songs for Goddess Kali.

His modern songs in Bengali were sensation by every musical standard. His classically oriented songs and western songs like “jhanana jhanana baje” composed by Salil Choudhury, ““matite jonmo nilam” composed by Prabir Mojumdar, “kabir kheyale premomoy tumi samrat shahjahan” composed by himself, “ogo suchorita” composed by Sudhin Dasgupta, “ei jhir jhir jhir batashe” composed by Sudhin Dasgupta, “ruma jhuma jhum” composed by Rotu Mukherjee, “antabihin oi andharater” composed by Salil Choudhury, “shilpi moner bedona”, “tandra elo bolo jaagi kemon kore”, “chameli melona ankhi”, “bashorer deep aaj”, “Jodi bhule jao more”, to name a few.

He also sang the Bengali version of the song “ayega anewala” sung by Lata in the film Mahal, composed by Khemchand Prakash with the Bengali title “sono go”. He was indispensable figure both in films as well as Bengali modern songs. His songs in Uttam Kumar’s film Nabajanma, religious film Sadhok Bamakhepa, Jotomoth Tatapath require special mention.

Inspite of having huge classical gharana and control, he had remained an unsung singer. But other than Manna Dey and Manobendra Mukherjee, no other Bengali singer had the range and variety of singing like Dhanonjoy Bhattacharya. His songs and films should be preserved.

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