Alaka Mukherjee

  M.A.(Music) Rabindra Bharati.
Sangeet Prabhakar, Allahabad, First class with Distinction.
Sangeet Bhaskar, Chandigarh, First class first, Gold Medalist.
Performing artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan Kolkata.

   Smt. Alaka Mukherjee was born in a musical and cultural family. Her grandfather late Nirmal Chandra Ghosh, was then the king of Sheoraphuli and established an organization named Madhuchakra Sahitya Sansad. Music art and culture grew in it. She was attached to the organization since childhood. Reputed musicians like late Rajendranath Bandhyopadhyay (classical), late Bhoktimoy Dasgupta and late Arobindo Biswas (both from Shantiniketan), her father late Sunil Chandra Ghosh (an outstanding artist of fine arts), her uncle late Salil Chandra Ghosh (an outstanding artist of Rabindra Sangeet, Bengali Songs and other creative arts) guided her in her musical career.

     Since a very tender age Smt. Alaka Mukherjee started learning classical music from Lt. Acharya Rajendranath Bandhyopadhyay and continued her learning for forty years, till he was alive. She has performed Khayal, Bhajan and Thumri in the Srirampore classical conference and other classical concerts and has achieved high level of appreciation. She has performed various programmes in various parts of Bengal and India. Lt. Bhoktimoy Dasgupta and Lt. Salil chandra Ghosh started giving her training on Rabindra sangeet and later on Smt. Maya Sen further enlightened her with her training for more than a decade. Prof. Dilip Kumar Roy, grandson of poet Rajanikanta Sen taught her Bengali songs i.e. songs of Atul Prasad,Rajanikanta, Dwijendralal Roy and Himangshu Dutta for more than twenty years. She is experienced in conducting various programmes on dance drama and creative arts. Smt. Alaka Mukherjee is M.A. in music from Rabindrabharati, Sangeet Prabhakar from Allahabad in Rabindra Sangeet and Vocal with first class-distinction, Sangeet Bhaskar from Chandigarh-first class first-gold medalist. She is a regular artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan Kolkata.

     Music is her second language. Knowledge of classical music gives her Bengali Song performance a very high standard and moulds it to a unique style that touches the hearts of the listeners.

     For her beloved listeners she has dedicated five music albums which includes cassettes, CDs and VCDs on Rabindra Sangeet and Bengali Songs. The cassettes include 'Byakulbenu' and 'Birahamadhuri' on Rabindra sangeet, 'Swaranam', 'Birohibin' and 'Bodhua' on Bengali songs. She has published 'Chiromodhu Madhuri' a CD and 'Ananta Madhuri' a VCD on songs of Rajanikanta, Atul Prasad and Dwijendralal.

     Smt. Alaka Mukherjee has enlightened her listeners for years and promises them more for years to come.



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