Sandhya Mukherjee was an Indian playback singer, who is known for singing Bengali songs. She is also known for refusing to accept the Padma award on the eve of Republic Day in 2022.
Sandhya Mukherjee was born on Sunday, 4 October 1931 (age 90 years; the time of death) in Dhakuria, Calcutta. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She attended Dhakuria Balika Vidyalaya, West Bengal and Binodini Girls’ High School, West Bengal. Her music training was held under Pandit Santosh Kumar Basu, Professor A T Kannan, and Professor Chinmoy Lahiri, and she took Indian classical music training from her guru Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and later from his son, Ustad Munavvar Ali Khan.
Hair Colour: White
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Sandhya’s father’s name is Narendranath Mukherjee who was a railway officer. His mother’s name is Hemprova Devi. She had three brothers and two sisters.
Husband & Children
Sandhya got married in 1966 to Shyamal Gupta, who was a Bengali poet.
They have a daughter, Soumi Sengupta.
Sandhya made her singing debut in 1948 with the song ‘Ab Nahi Dharat Dheer Dheer’ from the movie Anjaan Garh.
She has sung Hindi songs in more than 17 films. Some of her popular Hindi songs include Aayee Mere Jeevan Ki Saanjh Suhani (1948), Bol Papihe Bol Kaun Hai Tera Chitchor (1951), Jungle Mangal (1953), Maine Jo Lee Angrayee Teri Mehfil (1956), and Tose Naina Laage Re Saanwariya (1966).
She has sung Bengali songs in 1970 like Madhumaloti Dake Aay, Lalita Go Bole Di, Ei Sanjhjhara Lagane, and Ebare Bujjechi Ami.
- She won the Best Female Playback Singer for Sandhya Deeper Sikha in 1965.
- She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her song ‘Amader Chuti Chuti’ in the film Jay Jayanti and ‘Ore Sakol Sona Molin Holo’ in the film Nishi Padma in 1970.
- She received the Best Female Playback Singer for Jay Jayanti in 1972.
- She received the Bharat Nirman Award – Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
- She won the Banga Bibhushan in 2011.
Sandhya Mukherjee died on 15 February 2022 due to a massive cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Kolkata. She was ninety years old.
- Sandhya is known by other names like Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and Gitashree Sandhya Mukherjee.
- In 1946, she took the first position in the Gitashree Examination.
- In 1952, after singing for two years in Mumbai, she went back to her hometown, Kolkata. There, she got married to Shyamal Gupta who used to write the lyrics of many of her songs.
- She collaborated with Bengali singer Hemanta Mukherjee, and their partnership became very famous in the Bengali music industry. They lent their voice to many popular Bengali songs, featuring Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen.
- In 1971, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, Sandhya helped the refugees from Kolkata and West Bengal. She also recorded patriotic songs with Bangladeshi musician Samar Das for a radio broadcasting Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra to raise the spirit of patriotism during the Bangladesh Liberation War. She was also the first artist to visit Dhaka who performed on Bangladesh’s independence day in 1971.
- In 2001, her autobiography titled Ogo Mor Gitimoy was published.
- In an interview, she revealed that when she was seventeen or eighteen years old, she suffered from a disease called Mumps. She got proper treatment for that, but her right ear was damaged for a long time.
- In 2022, she denied receiving the Padma Shri award and said that it was not for her but for juniors from the industry. In an interview, her daughter Soumi talked about her mother and said,
There is no politics in it. She is far beyond any politics. Please don’t try to find out any political reasons in it. She felt insulted, that’s all.”