Indrani Sen

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Indrani Sen
Native name ইন্দ্রাণী সেন
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Adhunik Bengali Songs, Nazrul Sangeet, Rabindra Sangeet
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocal
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Singer, Songwriter
Website singerindranisen.in//

Indrani Sen is a famous Bengali singer. Indrani Sen is the most recognized singer for Rabindra Sangeet. She is a daughter of Sumitra Sen, one of the eminent exponents of Rabindra Sangeet, is possibly the most talented female vocalist, for her distinctive style combined with well- modulated delivery, and her grip over various forms of Indian music. She has excelled not only in songs of Tagore and Nazrul, but in Bhajans, Geets, Ghazals, Modern Bengali Songs, devotional and many other forms of light classical and modern music. She is reigning the music industry since last 40 years as the most respected and honored vocalist.


Early life[edit]

Indrani Sen daughter of Sumitra Sen, one of the eminent exponents of Rabindra Sangeet. Indrani is reigning the music industry since last 40 years in Rabindra Sangeet. Her initial lessons started at home with guidance from her mother. She was trained under the tutelage of the Legend Late Debabrata Biswas, while Late Bibhuti Dutta trained her in classical, and Purabi Dutta guided her in Nazrulgeeti. Late Biman Mukherjee has also been her mentor in a variety of Bengali songs like Tappa, Thumri, Puratani, Agamani and Raag Pradhan. Her professionalism and dedication to her music has been a legacy of these great musicians.


Awards & Achievement[edit]

She won BFJA's Best Female Playback Award- 1993 for the film "Shwet Patharer Thala" and BFJA's Best Female Playback Award- 1995 for the film "Sandhya Tara"

Indrani Sen is a Bengali Indian exponent of Rabindra Sangeet and Bengali songs. She studied at the Bengal Music College, a music training college affiliated with the prestigious University of Calcutta.The daughter of the singer Sumitra Sen, she trained in Rabindra Sangeet under the singer Debabrata Biswas, and subsequently received training in classical music from Bibhuti Dutta, and in Nazrul Geeti from Biman Mukherjee and Purabi Dutta.

Awards:

She won BFJA's Best Female Playback Award- 1993 for the film "Shwet Patharer Thala" and BFJA's Best Female Playback Award- 1995 for the film "Sandhya Tara".

Her Hindi renditions of the songs of Tagore and Nazrul have been appreciated by music lovers. She has also cut a disc of Tagore in Gujarati and Assamese language, which have been highly appreciated by the non-Bengali listeners. Her live performances all over India and in various cities of the USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, SWITZERLAND, BANGLADESH, UK, KUWAIT, DUBAI and QATAR have won the hearts of many.

She has, to her credit, a large number of records, CDs and audio cassettes covering varied fields of Bengali music. She is a regular playback singer for Bengali and Hindi films (about 150 till date) and TV serials (175 till date) and recipient of many awards, including the Double Gold Disc, B.F.J.A. Award for three consecutive years, Uttamkumar and Hemanta Memorial Award, Ujala Anandalok Award, Michael Award, Ananda Sangeet Critics Award, Gouriprasanna Award, Lions Award, Pramathesh Barua Award, Alfa Gourab Award, Bharat Nirmaan Award and most acclaimed Sangeet Samman, Maha Samman and Banga Bhushan from the Government of West Bengal and many more such recognition. Lately, she has received the E-TV Sangeet Samman as the Best Female Singer of Rabindra Sangeet. Her Rabindra Sangeet album has also been awarded as the Best Album of the year 2013.

Press Release[edit]

Her Hindi renditions of the songs of Tagore and Nazrul have been appreciated by music lovers. She has also cut a disc of Tagore in Gujarati and Assamese language, which have been highly appreciated by the non-Bengali listeners. Her live performances all over India and in various cities of the USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, SWITZERLAND, BANGLADESH, UK, KUWAIT, DUBAI and QATAR have won the hearts of many.

She has, to her credit, a large number of records, CDs and audio cassettes covering varied fields of Bengali music. She is a regular playback singer for Bengali and Hindi films (about 150 till date) and TV serials (175 till date) and recipient of many awards, including the Double Gold Disc, B.F.J.A. Award for three consecutive years, Uttamkumar and Hemanta Memorial Award, Ujala Anandalok Award, Michael Award, Ananda Sangeet Critics Award, Gouriprasanna Award, Lions Award, Pramathesh Barua Award, Alfa Gourab Award, Bharat Nirmaan Award and most acclaimed Sangeet Samman, Maha Samman and Banga Bhushan from the Government of West Bengal and many more such recognition. Lately, she has received the E-TV Sangeet Samman as the Best Female Singer of Rabindra Sangeet. Her Rabindra Sangeet album has also been awarded as the Best Album of the year 2013.

She has an outstanding academic career too. She stood third in West Bengal in the Humanities Group, came first among the girls, and stood first in Music in the entire West Bengal in H.S. examination. She also obtained first class master's degree in Economics from Jadavpur University and had acquired a Ph.D. degree under the University of Calcutta in Economics in the field of Foreign Trade.

An Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Economics in a leading college of Calcutta, she is in this noble profession since last 33 years. She is now a well sought after academician in the field of higher education. As a regular adjudicator of Ph. D. theses of Rabindra Bharati University and a member of the Core Committee, she is presently assigned to frame the U.G, P.G and M. Phil syllabi of Rabindra Sangeet Department. She has also been nominated as a member of the Advisory Committee in the School of Languages and Culture, shouldering the entire responsibility of the Music section as a Director, under the State University of West Bengal and is in the Governing Body of a leading college of outer Kolkata as a Calcutta University Nominee as well. She takes active part in the renaming of the streets of Kolkata under the jurisdiction of the Calcutta Corporation. She was also a member of the jury Board of the Bengali Telefilm Festival of the Kolkata Film Festival for the last five years.

In spite of her busy schedule in the college as well as on stage and studios, Indrani has recently completed an in-depth research work on Tagore’s Dance-dramas under the UGC scheme, working on the nature of evolution in their presentation from the Tagorian age to the present age—an untouched area of research till now. It is going to be published from a leading publishing house very soon. Initiated by a deep quest for knowledge and genuine academic interest, she has also presented multi- disciplinary papers on Psychology, Sociology, Literature and Women's Studies besides Economics and Music, in a number of peer- reviewed journals.

In memory of her late father Anil Kumar Sen, Indrani has formed a public charitable trust- Anil Kumar Sen Memorial Trust (AKSMT) by name, with two units – cultural (DISHA) and educational (DEEKSHA). Disha, since 2004, has been instrumental in grooming around 300 talented young vocalists and dancers under the tutelage of renowned trainers and promoting them as upcoming professional artists by hosting frequent cultural soirees. Her disciples have now acquired a name in the music industry. She has also trained a number of students for cutting discs from reputed music companies. Deeksha, on the other hand, has taken a bold stride by introducing educational, psychological, life and employability skills and corporate training programs for the young aspirants and company executives. As the Chief Trustee of AKSMT, Indrani is the main architect behind all the above activities of the trust.

Her commitment to community, culture and the music world have been a decisive force in shaping a new evolutionary, enormously well-read quarterly musical magazine, “Sangeet Jagat”, as an Editor, catering to all news of the Indian music world, published from Kolkata by the Association of Professional Performing Singers (APPS).

Being a passionate driver, she has participated successfully in the First Women's Car Rally in Calcutta, organized by Calcutta Motor Sports Club and Goodyear India Ltd.

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