Amiya Tagore

Amiya Tagore née Roy (1901–1988) was a Bengali singer, considered one of the most subtle singers of the songs of Rabindranath Tagore (Rabindrasangeet).[1] She was amongst the few singers to learn directly from Rabindranath Tagore. She played the role of Pramada in Tagore's dance drama Mayar Khela which was directed by the composer himself. Later she became a member of the Tagore family through her marriage to Tagore's elder brother's grandson.

Amiya Tagore used to give public performance after her wedding only on Tagore's birthdays. She sang 'E parabase rabe ke hay' for Satyajit Ray in the film Kanchenjungha (1962). Towards the end of her life, in 1979, she enthralled the audience with her rendering of songs at Rabindra Sadan in Calcutta. Shailajaranjan Majumdar, the universal teacher of music at Santiniketan writes in his memoirs that once when he expressed his desire to go to Calcutta to learn the song 'Mori lo mori amay banshite dekechhe ke' from Amiya Tagore (since it was believed that no one can surpass Amiya-di in this song), Tagore expressed a mock-envy for her.

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