Legendary Assamese singer Dipali Borthakur, popularly known as the “Nightingale of Assam” is no more. The singer, who had been bed-ridden for years, breathed her last at a private hospital in Guwahati on Friday. She was 77 and is survived by her painter husband Neel Pawan Barua.
Here are 5 facts you need to know about her:
1. The Early Life
Borthakur was born at Sonari in undivided Sivasagar district in 1941. She was the daughter of Bishwanath Borthakur and Chandrakanti.
2. How She Entered into the World of Music
She entered the world of melody when she was still in school, in 1955 at All India Radio. At the age of 15 she earned the best singer award in a competition conducted by Sangeet Natak Akademi at Dibrugarh.
When she was studying in class nine, in 1958, she sang the song “Mor Bopai Lahori” on All India Radio, Guwahati, and the song “Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon” for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).
Some of her other popular Assamese songs are:
“Xunor Kharu Nalage Muk”
“Joubone Aamoni Kore, Chenaidhon”
“Konmana Boroxire Sip”
“Senai Moi Jau Dei”
“O’ Bondhu Somoi Pale Amar Phale”
3. Her Last Song
Dipali Barthakur sang her last song “Luit o nejabi boi” in 1969. After that, she began suffering from a severe Motor neuron disease which hindered her singing and forced her to use a wheelchair.
4. Personal Life
In 1976 she married Neel Pawan Barua, an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam and son of renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua.
5. She Was Honored Fourth Highest Civilian Award India
Dipali 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:
1. Padma Shri (1998) for her contribution to the Arts by the Government of India.
2. Silipi Bota (2010) from Government of Assam.
3. Aideu Handique Silpi Award (2012) by the Sadou Asom Lekhika Somaroh Samiti.
Dipali Borthakur’s death will leave the Assamese and Indian cultural world with a deep void which will perhaps never be fulfilled by a second person.
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