January 30, 1941 |
Nilomoni Tea Estate, Sonari, Sivasagar, Assam
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". She received the fourth-highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri, in the year 1998.
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, and the song "Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon" for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).
Some of her other popular Assamese songs are -
- "Sonor Kharu Nalage Muk"
- "Jundhone Junalite"
- "Konmana Boroxire Sip"
- "Senai Moi Jau Dei"
- "O' Bondhu Somoi Pale Amar Phale"
Dipali Barthakur sang her last song "Luito nejabi boi" in 1969. 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.
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:
- Padma Shri - 1998 for her contribution to the Arts by the Government of India.
- Silipi Bota (2010) from Government of Assam
- Aideu Handique Silpi Award (2012) by the Sadou Asom Lekhika Somaroh Samiti.
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