Commemorating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's 91st Birthday

Calcutta, 12th June, 2011 (WBRi/ OOBE):  Shatabdi Ballet Troupe is commemorating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's 91st Birthday at Rabindrasadan, Calcutta on coming 16th June from 6pm. The programme has been named "Aamar Gaaner Swaralipi Lekha Robe". The troupe has been celebrating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's Birthday for the last 5 years. This year the Chief Guest will be Honorable Minister Mr. Subroto Mukherjee and Renowned Rabindrasangeet Singer Sumitra Sen. Also would be present Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's son Jayanta Mukhopadhyay and daughter-in-law, Actress Mousumi Chattopadhyay. Shatabdi Ballet troupe will also present a choreography which will be a collage of 14 of Mukherjee’s songs.

Hemanta Mukhopadhyay (also known as Hemant Kumar) was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 16th June, 1920. In 1933 he recorded his first song for All India Radio named "Amar Ganete Ele Nabarupi Chirantanii". His mentor was Bengali musician, Sailesh DuttaGupta and he also received training from Ustad Faiyaz Khan. He recorded his first gramaphone disc in 1937. His first song for a bengali film (Nimai Sanyas) released in 1941. In 1944 he first sang for a hindi film (Irada). His first movie as a music director was the Bengali film Abhiyatri in 1947. Mukherjee  was also an active member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). In 1945, Hemanta Mukhopadhyay married Bela Mukherjee (died 25 June 2009), a singer from Bengal. They had two children: a son, Jayanta, and a daughter, Ranu.  Hemanta also ventured into movie production under his own banner Hemanta-Bela productions. The first movie under this banner was a Bengali film directed by Mrinal Sen, titled Neel Akasher Neechey (1959). The movie went onto win the President's Gold Medal – the highest honour for a movie from Government of India. In 1989, he  received the Michael Madhusudan Award (Dhaka, Bangladesh). On September 26, 1989 he breathed his last following a major heart attack (myocardial infarction).