We mourn the passing of Anup Bhattacharya
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Freedom Fighter and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Anup Bhattacharya.
Born on 14 July 1944 in Zakiganj, Sylhet, Bhattacharya’s musical career began in the 60’s, as a singer at the Rajshahi station of the then Radio Pakistan. He had worked as a composer and music director at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War of 1971. His voice will live in the songs “Teer Hara Ei Dheu-er Sagor”, “Rokto Diye Naam Likhhechhi”, “Purbo Digonte Surjo Utheche” and “Nongor Tolo Tolo”. Later in his career, Anup Bhattacharya emerged as a composer with immensely popular songs like “Baishakhi Megher Kachhey Jol Cheye” sung by Rafiqul Alam and “Shuk Pakhi Rey Pinjira Tor” sung by Mitali Mukherjee. He had worked with Andrew Kishore, Mitali Mukherji, Rafiqul Alam, Dilruba Khan, and Samina Chowdhury, among many others.
Apart from his own musical pursuit, Anup Bhattacharya contributed greatly in popularising Tagore songs in Bangladesh as Vice-president of Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha. He is credited with introducing Radha Raman to the broader audience in Bangladesh through his masterful rendition of “Bhromor Koiyo Giya” in 1990.
Anup Bhattacharya passed away at the age of 77, on Thursday, 6 May 2021