Early Life Purabi Dutta
Purabi Dutta was born on 17th March 1942 in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her father was Bibhuti Dutta, who was a popular Hindustani Classical vocal performer. After the initial musical training of Purabi at home, she got selected in the All India Music Competition in 1946 organized by Chetla Murari Smriti Sangeet Sammilini. Purabi Dutta won silver trophy in that competition.
Career of Purabi Dutta
Purabi Dutta was associated with All Indian Radio during 1950’s and 1960’s, when she performed in various programmes of AIR. Along with releasing several music albums including Nazrul Geeti, she had also taught Nazrul Geeti, her entire life. Purabi Dutta was also attached to ‘Bani Chakra’ for many years. Along with that, she was also attached to Bengal Music College and was a contemporary teacher with Hemanta Mukherjee, Chinmay Chattopadhyay and Akhilbandhu Ghosh. Purabi Dutta was very close to some of the most eminent singers of Bengal like Pandit Jnanprakas Ghosh, Biman Mukhopadhyay, Manabendra Mukhpadhyay, Adhir Bagchi etc. On April 2004, she appeared for stage performance in Bangla Sangeet Mela after keeping herself away from spot light for almost one and a half year. Some of her popular Nazrul Geeti albums are:
• 1974 Songs of Kazi Nazrul - SAREGAMA
• 1975 Songs of Kazi Nazrul - SAREGAMA
• 1980 Valentine Special - Bengali Romantic Nazrulgeeti
• 1982 Halud Gandar Phul
• 2014 Chharo Chharo Anchal
• 2014 Jhum Jhum Jhumra Nachte
• 2014 Shiuli Tolay Bhorbela - INRECO
Songs of Purabi Dutta
Some of the popular songs sung by Purabi Dutta are as follow:
Death of Purabi Dutta
Purabi Dutta died on 1st December 2013 at her residence in Sonarpur, West Bengal.
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