Aarti Mukherjee

Aarti Mukherjee (born 18 July 1945), also known as Aarti Mukherji or Arati Mukhopadhyay, is an Indian playback singer who has sung in Hindi films such as Geet Gata Chal (1975), Tapasya (1976), Manokamana and Masoom (1983).

Aarti Mukherjee
Birth nameAarti Mukherjee
Also known asAarti Mukherji, Arati Mukhopadhyay
Born18 July 1943 (1943-07-18) (age 77)
West Bengal, India
GenresClassical music
Occupation(s)Playback Singer
Years active1955–present

She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Mukherjee was born in West Bengal, India. Her Bengali family was musical with a rich, cultural and musical heritage. She was introduced to music by her mother. She studied under Shri Susheel Banerjee, Ustaad Mohammed Sagiruddin Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale and Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni.


In Bangla TV show Dadagiri she reflected on her early days. She stated that she sang on the All India Music Talent Programme in 1955 at age 14 or 15. She was trained in Indian Classical Music from a young age. She sang primarily for Bengali films. She won the music contest, "Metro-Murphy Contest" whose judges were music directors including Anil Biswas, Naushad, Vasant Desai and C. Ramchandra. This enabled her career as a playback singer.[2] She got her first break in 1958 Hindi film Sahara, but the music of that film was limited.

After a string of flops like A Girlfriend, she decided to open herself to Bengali films. She sang for the first time in a Bengali film called Kanya in 1962. Her versatility and voice infatuated audiences so much that they started losing affection for erstwhile leading singer Sandhya Mukherjee and Pratima Banerjee . In the late 1960s, her voice was used as the on-screen voice of leading actress Suchitra Sen.

In 1966, she sang in the film Golpo Holeo Sotyi, which earned her BFJA Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 1976, she won again for Chhutir Phande. She lent her voice for leading actresses of the late sixties till eighties, such as Madhabi Mukherji, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Debashri Roy and Tanuja. She, along with Asha Bhosle, took the leading spot in the 1970s.

She sang 'Bacche ho tum Khel khilone' and in a duet with Kishore Kumar titled 'Do panchi do tinke'. She is said to have sung 15,000 songs in Bengali as well as Hindi songs. She continued success in the 1970s that inspired her to return to Bollywood. In 1983 R. D. Burman, who was the mentor of Bengali singers Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet and Andrew Kishore, gave her "Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani" in the film Masoom voicing Shabana Azmi. The song was a chartbuster and is still sung. It earned her the Filmfare award for best female playback singer in 1983. Her popular repertoire includes 'Radha Banshi Chara Janena', 'Ek Boishakhe Dekha Holo Dujonar', 'Ei Mon Jochonay Ongo Bhijiye', 'Ja Ja Behaya Pakhi Jana', 'Tokhon Tomar Ekush Bochor Bodhoy.' She also has several non-film songs to her credit. She lent her voice to several Hindi compositions as well.

In the year 1957, while still in school, she bagged the first prize in the All-India Murphy Metro Music contest held in Mumbai, having been adjudged the best singer by leading music directors of that time such as Anil Biswas, Naushad Ali, Vasant Desai, C. Ramchandra, and Madan Mohan.

Arati commenced her musical journey in films with Bengali film Subarna Rekha and Hindi film Angulimaal and has, since then, sung thousands of songs in Bengali, Oriya, Manipuri, Assamese, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and other languages.

Apart from films, Arati has engaged audiences with albums and live performances on television and stage of Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti. Her versatility can be seen in diverse genres of music like Thumri, Bhajan, Tappa, Tarana, and Ghazal. She performed extensively in India and throughout the world.



Year Film Language Notes
1958 Sahara Hindi
1960 Angulimaal Hindi
1961 Boy Friend Hindi
1962 Kanna Bengali
1963 Deya Neya Bengali
1965 Subernarekha Bengali
1965 Do Dil Hindi
1965 Abhaya O Srikanta Bengali
1966 Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar Bengali
1967 Badhu Bharan Bengali
1968 Gar Nasimpur Bengali
1969 The Fiancee Bengali
1969 Teen Bhubaner Pare Bengali
1969 Khamoshi Hindi
1970 Bilambita Lay Bengali
1970 Samantaral Bengali
1970 Manjari Opera Bengali
1971 Aranya Assamese[3]
1971 Manab aru Danab Assamese[3]
1971 Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli Hindi
1971 Dhanyee Meye Bengali
1971 Ghorer Moddhye Ghor Bengali
1971 Kokhono Megh Bengali
1971 Fariad Bengali
1972 Haar Maana Haar Bengali
1972 Brojendrogi Luhongba Manipuri
1972 Bhaiti Assamese[3]
1972 Morichika Assamese[3]
1972 Ajker Nayak Bengali
1972 Andha Atit Bengali
1973 Sriman Prithviraj Bengali
1973 Basanata Bilap Bengali
1974 Alor Thikana Bengali
1974 Bikele Bhorer Phul Bengali
1975 Chhutir Phande Bengali
1976 Tapasya Hindi
1976 Harmonium Bengali
1976 Hangsaraj Bengali
1976 Nidhiram Sardar Bengali
1977 Solah Shukrawar Hindi
1977 Janam Janam Na Saath Gujrati
1977 Anand Ashram Bengali
1977 Baba Taraknath Bengali
1978 Ganga Ki Saugand Hindi
1978 Saajan Bina Suhagan Hindi
1979 Nagin Aur Suhagan Hindi
1979 Ashaati Beej Gujrati
1979 Ganadevata Bengali
1979 Tarana Hindi
1980 Megha Mukti Oriya
1980 Baata Abaata Oriya
1980 Manokaamnaa Hindi
1976 Geet Gaata Chal Hindi
1980 Ek Baar Kaho Hindi
1980 Dadar Kirti Bengali
1981 Dustu Misti Bengali
1981 Ulka Oriya
1981 Tike Hasa Tike Luha Oriya
1981 Surya Sakshi Bengali
1982 Rajbadhu Bengali
1983 Masoom Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1983 Desire Oriya
1983 Aashar Akash Oriya
1983 Amar Geeti Bengali
1983 Rang Birangi Hindi
1983 Indira Bengali
1984 Shatru Bengali
1985 Ram Tere Kitne Nam Hindi
1985 Rusvai Hindi
1985 Lallu Ram Hindi

Popular SongsEdit

  • "Sham Teri Bansi Pukare" (with J Singh - Geet Gaata Chal)
  • "Do Panchhi Do Tinke"
  • "Kabhi Kuchch Pal Jeevan Ke"
  • "Do Naina, Ek Kahani"
  • "Bolo Na Bolo Na Soi"
  • "Prajapati Sethay Ghore"
  • "Kon Kule Aaj Bhirlo Tari"
  • "Swapna Niye"
  • "Sujyi Alo De"
  • "Anugatajane Keno Karo Eto"
  • "Tokhon Tomar Ekush Bosor"
  • "Ei Mom Jochonay Ongo Vijiye"
  • "Sara Mora Kajra Churaya Tu Ne" ( with Rafi -Do Dil - 1965)
  • "Shile Shile Theka Khale"


  1. ^ "Noted playback singer Arati Mukherjee joins BJP | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Full of patriotic fervour Solo magic". The Hindu. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Babul Das (1985). Asomiya Bolchabir Geet. Bani Mandir, Dibrugarh.

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