|Birth name||Aarti Mukherji|
|Also known as||Aarti Mukherjee, Arati Mukhopadhyay|
|Years active||1955 - present|
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 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 a 14- or 15-year-old girl who had dreams to go to Bombay and achieve the level of fame as Lata Mangeshkar.
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. 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 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 move to Bengali films. As most composers they chose Mangeshkar or others, Mukherji faced strong competition. The first Bengali film she provided vocals for was called Kanna, released in 1962.
In the late 1960s, her voice was used to be on-screen voice of leading actress Suchitra Sen, instead of Sandhya Mukherjee. In 1966, she sang in the film "Golpo Holeo Sotyi", which earned her BFJA Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 1976, she received 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. Together with Asha Bhosle she gradually became the most prominent Bengali playback singer in the 1970s, replacing Sandhya. She sang two songs in the Rakhee Gulzar film Tapasya in 1976. She performed vocals 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. In 1983, R. D. Burman gave her to sing the song "Do naina aur ek kahani" in the film Masoom as the voice of Shabana Azmi. The song was a considerable success. It earned her a Filmfare award for best female playback singer in 1983. She has also performed a classical song "Kabhi Kuch Pal" in the film Rang Birangi, a female duet with Anuradha Paudwal in 1983. Mukherji became the on-screen voice of actress Tanuja. Her popular songs include 'Radha banshi chara janena', 'Ek boishakhe dekha holo dujonar', 'Ei mon jochonay ango vijiye', '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's Best Female Playback Award- 1976 for the film "Chhutir Phande" and BFJA's Best Female Playback Award- 1967 for the film "Golpo Holeo Satyi"
|1985||Ram Tere Kitne Nam||Hindi|
|1983||Masoom||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer|
|1981||Tike Hasa Tike Luha||Oriya|
|1980||Ek Baar Kaho||Hindi|
|1976||Geet Gaata Chal||Hindi|
|1979||Nagin Aur Suhagan||Hindi|
|1978||Saajan Bina Suhagan||Hindi|
|1978||Ganga Ki Saugand||Hindi|
|1977||Janam Janam Na Saath||Gujrati|
|1974||Bikele Bhorer Phul||Bengali|
|1971||Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli||Hindi|
|1969||Teen Bhubaner Pare||Bengali|
|1966||Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar||Bengali|
|1965||Abhaya O Srikanta||Bengali|
- "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"
- "Sara mora kajra churaya tu ne" ( with Rafi -Do Dil - 1965)
- "Full of patriotic fervour Solo magic". The Hindu. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- Listing for Aarti Mukherji on veethi.com, (accessed February 15, 2015).
- Aarti Mukherji at the Internet Movie Database
- Aarti Mukherji at Bollywood Hungama
- "Aarti Mukherjee on Calcuttaweb". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.