Big setback for Bengali music, popular folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya dies in road accident

Born in Silchar in Assam, Bhattacharya made a name for himself in the Bengali music industry for popularising rural folk traditions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:59 pm
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Popular Bengali folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya passed away in a road accident at Palsit in West Bengal’s Burdwan district on Tuesday. Born in Silchar in Assam, Bhattacharya made a name for himself in the Bengali music industry by popularising rural folk traditions. Over the years he had done a significant amount of research on folk songs of Eastern India and delved into the socio-economic context in which they evolved.

Bhattacharya identified some features of rural and industrial folk songs which he believed was specific to the feudal and contractual system under which the composers worked. He was particularly interested in the songs originating from tea plantations in Assam, collieries of Raniganj in West Bengal and factories of Jamshedpur.

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Apart from being a folk singer, Bhattacharya was also an esteemed radio artist. More recently, he had also lent his voice to popular Bengali like Bhuban Majhi (2017), Jaatishwar (2014) and Moner Manush (2010).  He was also part of a folk band called Dohar, which had as its objective the popularisation of the rustic songs of Bangal and North East India among the urban masses.

Bhattacharya was travelling with four other members of his band when his car was hit by a truck on NH2, resulting in it falling into a water body. He was on his way to a school function in Birbhum when the accident occurred at 9 30 am. His death has been widely mourned by members of the music industry.

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    Mar 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    May be a conspiracy by India to destroy indigenous culture like allowing PETA to file cases against indigenous culture.
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      bn sinha
      Mar 7, 2017 at 11:32 am
      Its a grt loss of a glory and a story for the Silcharites. Met him in C R Park last month only in Poush Mela. I know him from his G C College days and his tenure as cultural secy in college also his ociation to SFI. Kalika was a wonderful jolly person. In a very short span he has had immense contribution in Bengali Flok music. A son of the soil is lost. Deepest condolences.
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        Debopam
        Mar 7, 2017 at 11:07 am
        It is a great loss for folk Music of India particularly, Bengali folk Music. We were getting lots of information regarding different folk songs which were unknown to us. We lost a true researcher and devotee of Folk music. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
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          Debabrata Majumder
          Mar 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm
          An irreparable loss to Bengali music world. May his soul to be rest in peace. Convey our heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members.
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            Kanchan Bisharad
            Mar 8, 2017 at 11:33 am
            It is a great loss for all of us.He was a very gentle human being.I had opportunity to meetlt;br/gt;him and found him to be a perfect Gentleman.May his soul rest in peace.
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              Sheik Mohamed
              Mar 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm
              An irreparable loss to Bengali music world. May his soul to be rest in peace. Convey our heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members.
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                MTR
                Mar 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                R I P Mr. Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya. May your soul rest in peace.
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