Amrik Singh Arora and Debdulal Bandopadhyay Pass Away

Calcutta, 2nd June, 2011 (WBRi / OOBE):  Popular Singer Amrik Singh Arora passes away. His musical career begun in 1961 and his first stage performance was at the Gurudwara Bara Sikh Sanghat in Kolkata, where he sang mostly bhajans with his mother, the late Jaswant Kaur. He also sang at school functions at Vishudha Nand Vidyalaya beside Mahajati Sadan. At 7 years, he had sung patriotic songs in Hindi. In 1966, at Blue Fox restaurant.  Amrik was the first vocalist to introduce geets, ghazals, film songs Punjabi bhangra and Bhojpuri songs here. He has recorded more than 2,000 modern, folk, and devotional Bengali songs. During 1983-84 another big break came in the form of devotional songs by way of Shyama Sangeet and Bhakti geet. Arora, besides from several performances in Kolkata with different organizations, has performed in Mumbai, Delhi, USA and different countries of Europe.

Debdulal Bandyopadhyay passed away today after a prolonged illness. He was an All India Radio and Doordarshan newscaster. He became very popular during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war with his commentary.