Dipali Barthakur

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Dipali Barthakur
Born (1941-01-30) January 30, 1941 (age 77)
Nilomoni Tea Estate, Sonari, Sivasagar, Assam
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1955-1969

Dipali Barthakur (Assamese: দীপালী বৰঠাকুৰ, 30 January 1941) is an Indian singer from Assam. Her songs are sung mainly in the Assamese language, and she is known as the "Nightingle of Assam".[1] She received the fourth-highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri, in the year 1998.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dipali Barthakur was born to Bishwanath Borthakur and Chandrakanti Devi[3] in Sonari at Sivasagar, Assam.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Dipali Barthakur started her career as a singer early. When she was reading in class nine, in 1958, she sang the song "Mor Bopai Lahori" on All India Radio, Guwahati,[4] and the song "Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon" for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).[5]

Some of her other popular Assamese songs are[3] -

  • "Sonor Kharu Nalage Muk"
  • "Jundhone Junalite"
  • "Konmana Boroxire Sip"
  • "Senai Moi Jau Dei"
  • "O' Bondhu Somoi Pale Amar Phale"

Personal life[edit]

Dipali Barthakur sang her last song "Luito nejabi boi" in 1969.[4] After that she began suffering from a severe Motor neuron disease which hindered her singing and forced her to get around with a wheelchair. In 1976 she got married to Neel Pawan Barua, an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam and son of renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua.[1][6]


Dipali Barthakur has been honored many times, most notably with the Padma Shri award for folk and traditional music in 1990-92.

Some of her awards/ recognitions are listed below:


  1. ^ a b "A tribute to marriage of arts & minds - Book on celebrity couple". The Telegraph. 26 December 2003. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Deepali-Borthakur". assamspider.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Suchibrata Ray, Silpi Dipali Barthakuror 71 Sonkhyok Jonmodin, Amar Asom, 31 January 2012, accessed date: 03-02-2012
  5. ^ "Musical Minds". enajori.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  6. ^ http://www.rukshaanart.com/?artist=119-Neel%20Pawan%20Barua.html
  7. ^ "October 16th, 2010 - October 28th, 2010, The Strand Art Room, Neel Pawan Baruah". ArtSlant. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Nani Palkhivala, Lakshmi Sehgal conferred Padma Vibushan". Rediff.co.in. 1998-01-27. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  9. ^ TI Trade (2010-01-18). "The Assam Tribune Online". Assamtribune.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Aideu Handique Silpi Award to Dipali Borthakur". htsyndication.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-12.