Pulak Bandyopadhyay

2 May 1931
7 Sep 1999
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Pulak Bandyopadhyay (2 May1934-7 September 1999)was a Bengali Indian lyricist, songwriter and music composer of Bengali cinema. He died on 7 September 1999.

He was born and brought up in Howrah. His family had close links with art circles, in particular in drama, literature, and music. He was a graduate of the Scottish Church College, in Calcutta.

He experimented with various genres and in the process contributed richly to the evolution of musical compositions in Bengali cinema during the 1960s and 1970s. The sheer spontaneity of his compositions made him a much sought after lyricist. Famous Bengali and Bollywood artistes like Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Haimanti Shukla, Shyamal Mitra, Bhupen Hazarika, Pratima Banerjee, Utpala Sen, Arundhati Holme Chowdhury, Satinath Mukherjee, Anup Ghoshal and Arati Mukherjee sang his compositions.In 1966 film Sankhabela, he wrote two evergreen songs- “Ke Prothom Kachhe Esechho” (Lata Mageshkar and Manna Dey) and Aaj Mon Cheyeche” (Lata Mangeshkar). In 1969 film Prothom Kadam Phool, he wrote “Ami Shri Shri Bhojo Hori Manna”.

On September 7, 1999, he committed suicide by jumping off a launch into the Hooghly river.

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