Hemanta Mukherjee was an Indian music director, who sang in Bengali, Hindi and other Indian languages. He is also one of the most popular artists of Rabindra Sangeet. He won two National awards for the category best male playback singer. Hemanta was born on 16 June 1920 in Varanasi, in the house of his maternal grandfather who was a leading physician. Under the influence of his friend Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Hemanta recorded his first song for All India Radio in 1935. The first line of the song was "Amar Ganete Ele Nabarupi Chirantanii." In the mid-1940s, Hemanta became an active member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and started an association with another active IPTA member - songwriter and composer Salil Chowdhury.
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