Amar Pal, Indian folk singer, Died at 96

Amar Pal was born on May 19, 1922, and died on April 20, 2019, from a heart attack; he was an Indian Bengali folk singer.

Pal was born in 1922 at Brahmanbaria in British India. His father Mahesh Chandra Pal died while Pal was only 10. He learnt the folk song from his mother, Durga Sundari Devi.

He also trained in classical music from Ustad Ayat Ali Khan, brother of legendary Allauddin Khan. Later Pal received training in folk music from Mani Chakraborty and Suren Chakraborty in Kolkata.

Pal went to Kolkata in 1948 with Sachindranath Bhattacharya, a lyricist of All India Radio. In 1951, he first got a chance to sing in Akashbani Kolkata.

After that, he recorded thousands of folk and modern Bengali songs in the next seven decades.

The satirical song Kotoi Rongo Dekhi Duniya, in Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshe, made him famous. He worked in several Bengali films as a playback singer or music director.

Pal attended seminars and workshops on folk music worldwide and became the Vice-Chairman of the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy.

He received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007 from the Government of India and the Government of West Bengal awarded him Sangeet Mahasamman in 2012 for his prolonged contribution in folk music.

He was, honoured by the Rabindra Bharati University and Burdwan University. Pal also wrote two books namely Banglar Lok sangeet and Banglaar Nadir Gaan.

Amar Pal passed away from a heart attack at the age of 96.