Biography of Dipali Barthakur – Nightingale of Assam

Dipali Barthakur is one of the heartthrob in the music world of Assam. Dipali Borthakur, who was able to take place at the hearts of the people of Assam with her kokilkantha, is known as the Nightingale of Assam.

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Biography of Dipali Barthakur

Biography of Dipali Barthakur

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Name Dipali Barthakur[1]
Date of Birth30 January, 1941
Place of BirthNilomoni Tea Estate
Father’s NameVishwanath Barthakur
Mother’s NameAimoni Barthakur
Husband’s NameNeelpaban Baruah
Awards1/ Best Singer Award at the  ‘Sangeet Sammelan’ organized by Assam Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1956.

2/Padma Shri Samman on 1998

3/Assam Government Artist Award (Silpi Bota) on 2010

4/ Lio Expo Artist Honors in 2007

5/ Aideu Handique Silpi Award in 2012 by the Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroah Samiti.
DeathDecember 21, 2018

Early Life of Dipali Barthakur

Dipali Barthakur who grew up in a cultural environment composed music with father Vishwanath Barthakur and elder brothers Bhupen and Bhaben Barthakur at her residence. Later Barthakur who has immense passion for music since her childhood has been able to built up her talent through ‘Maina Mail.’

Barthakur while studying in school The song “Mur Bupai Lahori/Napaiso Ahari” composed by Leela Gogoi in1958, With this title song Barthakur started her musical journey by performing music at Akashvani Guwahati Centre and since then she has not had to stop anywhere.

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Achievements

The song titled ‘Bandhu Homoi Pale Amar Phale Abar Ahi Jaba’ performed by the recognised artist Dipali Barthakur from the radio station enabled her to occupy a unique place in the minds of the the Assamese audience. Barthakur’s first film to sing as a background singer is “Lachit Barphukan”. The film was released in 1959, and the title song was sung by Dipali Barthakur “Aabegor Bukusa Bobo Moi Nuaru, Joubone Amaoni Kore.”

Later some of the evergreen songs sung by Barthakur are – ‘Bandhu Homoi Pale Amar Phale Abar Ahi Jaba’,  ‘Senai Moi Jaudei’, ‘Agoli Kalapat lore ki Chore’, ‘Junbai E Beji Eti Dia’, ‘Dale Daale Gai Kuli Bulbuli’, ‘Jundhone Joonalite Torbotik Sai’, ‘Konman Borokhire Sip’, ‘Hunor Kharu Nelage Muk Biyar Babe Aai’ etc.

But unfortunately Barthakur was diagnosed with motor-neuron disease in 1968 when she was just 27 years old. This incurable illness gradually blocked the beautiful voice of Barthakur. Because of which no songs could be composed later by Barthakur, who was termed as the Nightingale of Assam. The song “Luito Najabi Boi” sung in 1969 by Dipali Barthakur was the last song in her life sung by her. After that she began suffering from a severe motor neuron disease which hindered her singing and forced to use a wheelchair.

Dipali Barthakur married renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua’s son, an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam, Neel Pawan Barua in 1976.

Barthakur, who held a memorable prestigious place in the Assamese music world, was honoured with the award Padma Shri by the government in1998.

Conclusion

Dipali Barthakur who was honoured with Padma Shri Samman, Assam Government Artist award, Lio Expo Artist Award as well as Aideu Handique Award died on December 21, 2018 but her extraordinary personality, evergreen songs will remain everlasting among the people of Assam. Barthakur, who has been able to capture the hearts people with her magic of tune, is the emotions of the people of Assam.

FAQ

1. When and where was Dipali Barthakur born?

Ans: She was born on 30 January, 1941 at Nilomoni Tea Estate.

2. Who is known as the Nightingale of Assam?

Ans: Dipali Barthakur is known as the Nightingale of Assam.

3. When did Dipali Barthakur was awarded with Padma Shri Award?

Ans: Barthakur was awarded with Padma Shri Award on 1998.

4. Name some of the songs sung by Dipali Barthakur.

Ans: Some of the songs sung by Barthakur are – ‘Bandhu Homoi Pale Amar Phale Abar Ahi Jaba’,  ‘Senai Moi Jaudei’, ‘Agoli Kalapat lore ki Chore’, ‘Junbai E Beji Eti Dia’, ‘Dale Daale Gai Kuli Bulbuli’, ‘Jundhone Joonalite Torbotik Sai’, ‘Konman Borokhire Sip’, ‘Hunor Kharu Nelage Muk Biyar Babe Aai’ etc.

5. What is the last song sung by Dipali Barthakur?

Ans: The song “Luito Najabi Boi” sung in 1969 was the last song sung by her.

6. When did Dipali Barthakur died?

Ans: She died on December 21, 2018.

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