RIMA MUKHERJEE - An Exclusive Musical Chat with the Renowned Bengali & Hindi Film Songs Playback Singer (WBRi Interview-Feature)

By Soumitra Talukdar

Click Play to watch Rima Mukherjee chat and sing a few songs - WBRi On-Demand video broadcast

Singer Rima MukherjeeCalcutta, July 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of  WBRi, Soumitra Talukdar talks to Rima Mukherjee, the popular and acclaimed Hindi and Bengali film songs playback singer, in an informal and intimate video interview. This is a very special interview feature where Rima chats about her musical background, training and career, and being equally adept in Hindi as well as Bengali, spontaneously sings some wonderfully nostalgic songs, including O Akash Sona Sona, Dafliwale, a song from her memorable first Bengali film Gandogol that was nominated for Anandalok award for best playback singer (female), a song from another Bengali film Shakal-Sandhya for which she was nominated for the best singer award at Telecine Awards, and many more over the course of this adda.

Rima started training as a singer from Srimati Sabita Mukherjee from the age of just two and a half years. After that she trained with Sri Asit Sengupta and Pandit Girish Chatterjee. Her first break as a singer was from music director Snehashish Chakraborty in a Bengali TV Serial. She sang in many tele-films and TV shows on popular Bengali TV channels, including on ETV Bangla, Akash Bangla and Rupashi Bangla. Rima subsequently moved into a spectacular career in playback singing in Bengali and Bollywood Hindi films.

Rima was nominated for Best Playback Singer at Anandalok Award 2004 for the film Gandagol directed by Haranath Chakraborty, and for Suthol Telecine Awards 2007 for the film Sakal Sandhya directed by Swapan Saha.

Singer Rima MukherjeeRima has worked with well-known composers like Anand Milind, Babul Bose (interview), Ashok Bhadra, S. P. Venkatesan, Ashoke Raj, Chandan Roy Chowdhury, Rishab, Asim Chatterjee and Snehashish Chakraborty.

Over her distinguished and continuing career, Rima has performed songs in almost 40 Bengali, Hindi and south-Indian movies, including duets with Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawela, Shreya Ghosal, Priya Bhattacharya and Javed Ali. She has worked with most top directors in Tollywood Bengali Film industry like Haranath Chakraborty, Swapan Saha, Ravi Kinagi and Sujit Guha.

Rima has recently released a Rabindra Sangeet album under the label of Purple Music (MP3 Download).

Some of the movies featuring songs by Rima include Gandagol, Baazi, Manik, Raju Uncle, Hungama, Maharan, Mastan, Swapno, Shokal Sandhya, Agni Pariksha, Jeeban Saathi, Prem, Narir Samman, Partner, Baazimat, Blood, Muqabla, Narir Protishodh, Premi No 1, Apon Shatru and Piriti Kathaler Atha.

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