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Suchitra Mitra is the shining star of Rabindra Sangeet

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Rabindra music artist Suchitra Mitra. Today is his death anniversary. He died on this day in 2011. In his last life, he engaged himself in the work of writing an encyclopedia of Rabindra Sangeet. This multi-talented artist was a professor and head of Rabindra music department at Rabindra Bharati University.

Suchitra was born on September 19, 1924. Father is famous writer Sourindra Mohan Mukhopadhyay. who was close to the Tagore family of Jorasanko. Mother’s name is Subarnalata Devi. The parents’ fourth child, Suchitra Mitra, was born in a train compartment near a railway station called Shalban Ghera Gujhanti on the Dehiri Junction line in Jharkhand.
Suchitra started learning Rabindra music from a very young age. There was an intense atmosphere of music in their home. He used to sit and listen to music. Seeing his interest in music in his childhood, his father Pankaj Mallick, the master of Rabindra Sangeet, started teaching him music.

Suchitra Mitra studied at Bethune Collegiate School, Calcutta, then Scottish Church College, Calcutta University and Visva Bharati University. When he went to Santiniketan on a scholarship to study music, poet Rabindranath Tagore had died just 20 days earlier. At Santiniketan, he studied Rabindranath’s songs and classical music from music gurus like Indira Devi Choudhurani, Shailjaranjan Majumder, Shantideb Ghosh.

He taught at Rabindra Bharati University for a long time. His career began as a lecturer. Later he worked as the head of ‘Rabindra Sangeet Department’ He passed his MA in Bengal while working as a professor at Rabindra Bharati. He retired from Rabindra Bharati in 1984 after teaching for twenty one years.

Suchitra Mitra has received many honors. Three reputed universities of West Bengal: Rabindra Bharati University, Burdwan University and Yadav University conferred honorary degrees on him. In 1945, the Tagore Haim Society of London gave him the ‘Tagore Haim Award’. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1973. Visva Bharati University awarded him Desikottam. The West Bengal Government awarded him the Alauddin Award.
Suchitra Mitra died on 3 January 2011 at a Kolkata hospital. He will live on forever through his songs.


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