Dhananjay Bhattacharya

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Dhananjay Bhattacharya
Born (1922-09-10)September 10, 1922
West Bengal
Origin India
Died December 27, 1992(1992-12-27) (aged 70)
Genres Adhunik Bangla Gaan (Bengali modern songs), Shyama Sangeet
Occupation(s) Singer

Dhananjay Bhattacharya (September 10, 1922–December 27, 1992) was a modern Bengali singer. He was a versatile Shyama Sangeet singer.


He started his career by singing modern Bengali as well as Hindi songs. His first song was "Jodi bhule jao more/janabo na abhiman..." in 1940, recorded with Pioneer Company. His first playback was in 1943. He was best known for singing Shyama Sangeet. Out of the 24 songs in the movie Sadhak Ramprasad (1956), Dhananjay sang 23. He was versatile in singing major types and forms of songs including modern Bengali, Hindustani classical music, Rabindra Sangeet, Kirtan, Bhajan, Baul, Ramprasadi (of Ramprasad Sen), Nazrul Geeti, and Shyama Sangeet. His singing career lasted more than fifty years. There are 500 records of his songs.[citation needed] He was also a lyricist and wrote about 400 songs in the name of "Shri Partha" and "Shri Ananda".

He acted in a few films, including "Nababidhan and Pasher Bari. In the latter, his song "Jhir Jhir Jhir Jhirjhiri Baroshay" composed by Salil Chowdhury became an instant hit. "Matite Janmo Nilam", "Ei Jhir Jhir Jhir Batase", and "Jhanana Jhanana Baje" were other major hits which are still popular.[citation needed]

Dhanajay won the Gold Prize[clarification needed] for his devotional songs in Rani Rasmoni.[citation needed] Among his basic records, one Raag based composition by Salil Chowdhuri released as a Saradiya number was such a hit that it kept on selling during the next Puja as well.

One of his best kept secrets was that he was also a prolific lyricist, all written under different pseudonyms. Many hit numbers of Pannalal Bhattacharya in particular were penned by him, as well as musical compositions.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Dhananjay was married and had three sons. Out of them, only Dipankar has taken the onus upon him to carry the legacy of his father.

He was the older brother of the singer Pannalal. He studied in Rivers Thompson School, Bally, Howrah.

Some people[clarification needed] say that he and Pannalal both wanted to please Kali by offering her their songs. According to them Dhananjay received the grace of the divine mother, but Pannalal didn't, and so he committed suicide, and after his death, Dhananjay bore the responsibility of Pannalal's family, along with his own.

Selected career[edit]

As playback singer[edit]

  • Abire Rangano
  • Adrysha Manush
  • Adya Shakti Mahamaya
  • Aleya
  • Ardhangini (1955)
  • Asampta
  • Babla
  • Badshah (1963)
  • Bandhan (1962)
  • Banka Lekha
  • Bardidi
  • Behula Lakshindar
  • Bhagwan Sri Krishna Chaitanya
  • Bireswar Vivekanada
  • Chaitali
  • Chalachal
  • Chandranath
  • Debitirtha-Kamrup (1967)
  • Debtirtha Kalighat
  • Dhooli (1954)
  • Godhuli (1955)
  • Jai Ma Tara (1978)
  • Kalo
  • Mahaprasthaner Pathey (1952)
  • Maharaj Krisnachandra
  • Mejdidi (1950)
  • Naba Bidhan (1954)
  • Nastanir
  • Rani Rashmoni (1955)
  • Rupasi (1980)
  • Sadhak Banakhyapa
  • Sadhak Ramprasad (1956)
  • Sahar Theheke Durye
  • Saheb Bibi Golam
  • Sati Kankabati
  • Shreebatsa Chinta (1955)
  • Swamiji
  • Tamasha
  • Tansen (1958)
  • Yata Mat Tata Mat
  • Yatrik (1952)

As actor[edit]

  • Naba Bidhan (1954) as Abinash
  • Pasher Bari
  • Sharey Chuattor (1953)
  • Shoshur Bari

As music director in films[edit]

  • Joy Ma Tara (1978)
  • Ladies Seat


  1. ^ Dhananjay, Bhattacharya. "Dhananajay Bhattacharya Best Compositions". RedMux. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 

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