Chhaya Chattopadhyay-Bengali Poetry Recitation (Bangla Kobita Abritti)


    Chhaya Chattopadhyay was born and brought up in Shibpur, Howrah where she lived with her parents and her only sibling. She was an athletic child and loved taking part in the various gymnastic shows with her trainer late Biswasree Manatosh Roy. She started her training in recitation at the age of 5 under Sibsankar Roy who lovingly gave her the name “Tia” or parrot. Then she was taught by late Bhutnath Ghosh who mainly encouraged her to take up recitation as a career.

Chhaya did her schooling from Shibpur Hindu Girls School. Her knack towards English literature led her to pursue higher studies. She completed her graduation in 1972 from Vidyasagar College for Women.
 Chhaya’s recitation career started at the tender age of 5 when she topped a local recitation competition. After that, she bagged the first prize from nearly every recitation competition that took place all over West Bengal. Chhaya was also a part in innumerable narrations and talk shows broadcasted from the Yuvabani of Akashvani, Kolkata. She regularly took part in recitation in the birthday celebrations of Tagore organized by the Rabindra-Janmotshab committee of Rabindrasadan, Girish Mancha and Mahajati Sadan which are organized by the government itself. Chhaya voiced the introduction and was a major part in the dialogue of the opera “Kalidas o Malini”, later recorded as an audio cassette (participants were Dwijen Mukherjee, Arati Mukherjee, Haimanti Shukla, Sabitabrata Dutta). She had also performed in Delhi Kalibari Durgotsav. She was invited to perform as a recitation artist in Paschim Banga Hastoshilpo Mela (handicrafts fair) and Paschim Banga Sishu-Sahitya Utsab of West Bengal government.
 Chhaya appears in different television channels and regularly takes part in many recitation programs all over India. In Kolkata, she is attached to different organizations like Kholamon, Anuranan, Abrittangan, Shabdakalpa etc. as an adviser as well as a recitation artist. She trains a number of pupils in recitation in different institutions as well as in her own institution “Chhando Chhaya”. Now most of the competition organizers are eager to get her as the judge of the recitation section.
Alhough she took up recitation as her career, Chhaya had always been a melodious singer. She had received training under Dwijen Mukherjee who had been her inspiration, always. Her favorite past time is to either listen to or sing Rabindra Sangeet. Apart from this, Chhaya is a family woman. She loves her family the most and tries to spend maximum time with her daughter, husband, her sister and her nephew. Her family is very supportive of her recitation career from the very beginning.

Chhaya has selected few of her favorite recitations from her huge collection and shared with us :