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Birendranath Datta


 

Birendranath Datta

Born 1933
 

Birendra Nath Dutta was one of the most talented singers and lyricists of Assam. He started his career as a teacher but was also continuing his singing career at the same time. In 1961, his two gramophone records were released by HMV that contained previously released popular songs like "Dhun Dhun Dhunia", "Bahagar Dupariya", "Sou Patharar Kahua Phool" and others. He also continued singing for the radio which had made him popular among the listeners of Assam. Some unforgottable songs sung by Birendra Nath Dutta are - "Monor Khobar", "Bahudin Bokulor Gondh Poa Naai", "Meli Dilo Man", "Rohimalaa Uronir Maajere", "Sou Sirish Daalat", "Tomaar Kaarane Jaau", "Aahinak Kone Anane", "Mou Daaponar", "Sita Banabaash", "Bogoli Bogaa Phot Di Ja", "Jilir Maate", "O Ghan Chirikaa", "Barashaa Tomaar", "Aakaashe Botaahe", "Aakaash Aamaak Akani Aakaash Diya " etc.
 
Education... 
 
Birendra Nath Datta spent most of his childhood at Goalpara and it was from the Goalpara High School that he passed the Metric examination. Apart from singing in day to day college functions he also started writing songs in Hindi when late Brojen Barua discovered him and signed him to sing for his forthcoming Assamese film Smrtir Parash. "Things continued this way till I passed the I Sc exam, and after that I moved to Shanti Niketan to pursue my graduation studies". For young Birendra, Shanti Niketan provided an altogether different atmosphere where the talent inside him began blossoming. "Shanti Niketan opened many windows for me. I still remember the Boitalik (prayer session) when we hummed prayers every morning," said Datta. It was at Shanti Niketan that he learnt Rabindra Sangeet and by the time he finished his BA in 1952 Cotton College, he was a singer having diverse musical tastes.
 
His works...
 
In 1961, two of Datta’s gramophone records were released by HMV that contained previously released popular songs like Dhun Dhun Dhunia, Bahagar Dupariya, Sou Patharar Kahua Phool and others. He also continued singing for the radio which had made him popular among the listeners of the state. But from mid ’85 onwards, the gap between the singer and the radio began widening day by day as he needed to concentrate more on his teaching career. About his songs, Biren Datta says, "I did and still insist on the subject matter and good lyrics. Most of my songs carry an in-depth meaning, an underlying emotion, like Manar Khabar (one of Datta’s signature tunes, which is based on Ravana, a long verse written by poet Navakanta Barua) which I selected only because of the inner sense attached to it that depicted the true, emotional love of the demon king Ravana for goddess Sita." And like Manar Khabar, most of his songs are full of deep thoughts which make his music truly unforgettable. Bahudin Bokulor Gondh Poa Naai, Meli Dilo Man, Rohimalaa Uronir Maajere, Sou Sirish Daalat, Tomaar Kaarane Jaau, Aahinak Kone Anane, Mou Daaponar, Sita Banabaash, Bogoli Bogaa Phot Di Ja, Jilir Maate, O Ghan Chirikaa, Barashaa Tomaar, Aakaashe Botaahe, Aakaash Aamaak Akani Aakaash Diya and the list goes on. Very different from his contemporary singers in terms of selection of the subjects and his singing style, Birendranath Datta will remain a trendsetter, forever... 
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