Kolkata: EMINENT singer Jatileswar Mukherjee is no more. He passed away at a private nursing home in Kolkata today afternoon. He was 83.
Mukherjee, the creator of the famous Bengali song ~ E Kon Sokal Rater Cheye Ondhokar (What a dawn it is that is darker than the dusk) and Bodhua Amar Chokhe Jol Enechhe Hai Bina Karone (My love is making me cry for no reason) ~ was suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and renal ailments.
He was admitted to the Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences at EM Bypass in Kolkata on 9 December and on ventilator support for the past few days. He breathed his last at the hospital around 2.25 pm due to multi-organ failure.
The versatile singer and lyricist was born in 1934 at Chinsurah in Hooghly. He received music training from Satinath Mukherjee, Chinmay Lahiri, and Sudhir Dasgupta.
Mukherjee’s first song was Ekti Rongin Phool (One vibrant flower) was recorded in 1963, but he came to the limelight in 1968 Bodhua Amar Chokhe Jol Enechhe Hai Bina Karone that he had penned himself.
He subsequently rendered voice to as many as 1,300 songs that include the all-time popular E Kon Sokal Rater Cheye Ondhokar.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has offered her condolences on Mukherjee’s demise.
“Saddened at the demise of veteran singer Jatileshwar Mukhopadhyay. A big loss to the world of music. I wished him on his birthday only a week ago. Very sad. Condolences to his family” she has tweeted.