Aarti Mukherji

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Aarti Mukherji (also known as Aarti Mukherjee or Arati Mukhopadhyay) is a Bengali playback singer who has also sung in Hindi films such as Geet Gata Chal (1975), Tapasya (1976), Manokamana and Masoom (1983).


Aarti Mukherji was born in c. 1943 in West Bengal, India. She belongs to a bengali speaking family. In a TV show called "Dadagiri" she recollected memories of her early days. She stated there that she once got an opportunity to sing in the "All India Music Talent Programme" in 1955, when she was merely a 14 or 15 years old teenage girl who had streams of dreams to go to Bombay and match the height of fame as Lataji. Arati Mukhopadhyay was trained in Indian Classical Music from a young age. She sang primarily for Bengali films. She won the music contest, "Metro-Murphy Contest", where the judges were music directors like Anil Biswas, Naushad, Vasant Desai and C. Ramchandra. This paved way for a career as a playback singer.[1] she got her first break in 1958 hindi film sahara starring Meena Kumari and music by Hemant Kumar, but the music of that film was not so successful. After a string of flop films like Do Dil Char Rahe(1959, music by Anil Biswas starring Meena Kumari) and Boy Friend(1961, which starred Madhubala and music by S-J), she decided to examine herself to bengali films. The reason for which she failed to curve a niche in Bollywood was that for majority of quality songs every composer except O. P. Nayyar chosed Lata. If unavailable, they had Geeta, Shamshad, Asha, Suman etc. Moreover, sweet and superb voice of her was neglected for heavy voices like lata and geeta. Despite being the alternative of lata and geeta, asha bhosle had the distinction of singing maximum songs, hardly figured out by even lata or rafi. Asha sang 285 songs in the year 1957 making the record of most songs in a year which is unbroken till date. She hardly refused any songs she got. So, it was impossible for aarti to get even B-grade songs from the stranglehold of asha whereas getting A-grade songs from lata or geeta was impossible. She played back for the first time in a bengali film called "kanna" in 1962. Her outstanding versatility and nice-pitched voice infatuated people so much that they started losing attention to erstwhile leading singer Sandhya Mukherjee. Her voice and singing style was not only different from Sandhya, but also was better than her. In the late 1960's, her voice was used to be on-screen voice of leading actress Suchitra Sen, instead of Sandhya Mukherji. In 1966, she sang in the film "Golpo Holeo Sotyi", which earned her BFJA Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 1976, she restored the award for the film "Chhutir Phande". She lent her voice for the leading actresses of the late sixties till eighties such as Madhabi Mukherji, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Debashri Roy, Tanuja etc. She along with Asha Bhosle took leading spot in the 1970's, gradually replacing Sandhya. It is considered to be the cause behind the decline of a flamboyant career of sandhyaji. she sang two songs in the rakhee starrer film tapasya in 1976. The first song being 'bacche ho tum khel khilone' and a duet with kishore kumar entitled 'do panchi do tinke', which was popular. She is rumoured to have sung 15000 songs in bengali as well as hindi songs to her credit. She did playback in 96 films in 6 languages- Bengali(66), Hindi(20), Oriya(5), Assamese(2), Gujarati(2) and Manipuri(1). She continued success in the seventies that inspired her to try her fate in bollywood once again. It was R. D. Burman, who was the mentor of bengali singers who would later give Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet and Andrew Kishore their first breaks in bollywood. In 1983, He gave her to sing the melodious song "Do naina aur ek kahani" in the film Masoom as the voice of Shabana Azmi. The song was a chartbuster and is even lilted today. It earned her Filmfare award for best female playback singer in 1983. She has also churned out a mindblowing classical song "Kabhi Kuch Pal" in the film Rang Birangi, a female duet with Anuradha Paudwal in 1983. Like Sandhya Mukherji had on-screne voice almost every film for Suchitra Sen and Asha Bhosle as Sharmila Tagore's, she has the distinction of becoming the on-screne voice of actresses Tanuja. Her popular repertoires include 'Radha banshi chara janena','Ek boishakhe dekha holo dujonar','Ei mon jochonay pa dubiye','ja ja behaya pakhi jana','na de de da, tu na tum','tokhon tomar ekush bochor bodhoy'. She also has a number of famous non-film songs to her credit. She lent her voice to a number of Hindi compositions as well. She joined the BJP in September 2014.


She won the National Film Award as well as Filmfare Award as Best Female Playback Singer Award for the song "Do naina" in Shekhar Kapur's Masoom. BFJA Award for Best Female Playback Singer- 1976 for the film "Chhutir Phande" BFJA Award for Best Female Playback Singer- 1967 for the filkm "Golpo Holeo Satyi"


Year Film Language Notes
1985 Lallu Ram Hindi
1985 Rusvai Hindi
1985 Ram Tere Kitne Nam Hindi
1984 Shatru Bengali
1983 Indira Bengali
1983 Rang Birangi Hindi
1983 Amar Geeti Bengali
1983 Aashar Akash Oriya
1983 Desire Oriya
1983 Masoom Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1982 Rajbabhu Bengali
1981 Surya Sakshi Bengali
1981 Tike Hasa Tike Luha Oriya
1981 Ulka Oriya
1980 Dadar Kirti Bengali
1980 Ek Baar Kaho Hindi
1980 Geet Gaata Chal Hindi
1980 Manokaamnaa Hindi
1980 Baata Abaata Oriya
1980 Megha Mukti Oriya
1979 Tarana Hindi
1979 Ganadevata Bengali
1979 Ashaati Beej Gujrati
1979 Nagin Aur Suhagan Hindi
1978 Saajan Bina Suhagan Hindi
1978 Ganga Ki Saugand Hindi
1977 Baba Taraknath Bengali
1977 Anand Ashram Bengali
1977 Janam Janam Na Saath Gujrati
1977 Solah Shukrawar Hindi
1976 Nidhiram Sardar Bengali
1976 Hangsaraj Bengali
1976 Harmonium Bengali
1976 Tapasya Hindi
1975 Chhutir Phande Bengali
1974 Bikele Bhorer Phul Bengali
1974 Alor Thikana Bengali
1973 Basanata Bilap Bengali
1973 Sriman Prithviraj Bengali
1972 Andha Atit Bengali
1972 Ajker Nayak Bengali
1972 Bhaiti Assamese
1972 Brojendrogi Luhongba Manipuri
1971 Dhanyee Meye Bengali
1971 Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli Hindi
1971 "Aranya" Assamese
1970 Manjari Opera Bengali
1970 Samantaral Bengali
1970 Bilambita Lay Bengali
1969 Khamoshi Hindi
1969 The Fiancee Bengali
1968 Gar Nasimpur Bengali
1967 Badhu Bharan Bengali
1966 Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar Bengali
1965 Abhaya O Srikanta Bengali
1965 Do Dil Hindi
1965 Subernarekha Bengali
1962 Kanna Bengali
1961 Boy Friend Hindi
1958 Sahara Hindi

Popular Songs:

  • "Do Panchhi Do Tinke"
  • "Kabhi Kuchch Pal Jeevan Ke"
  • "Do Naina, Ek Kahani"
  • "Bolo Na Bolo Na Soi"
  • "Prajapati Sethay Ghore"
  • "Kon Kule Aaj Bhirlo Tari"
  • "Swapna Niye"
  • "Sujyi Alo De"
  • "Anugatajane Keno Karo Eto"


  1. ^ "Full of patriotic fervour Solo magic". The Hindu. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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