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Legendary bhajan singer Jhutika Roy died

Feb 7, 2014 18:30 IST

Legendary bhajan singer Juthika Roy died in Kolkata on 6 February 2014. She was 93.

She was admitted to Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan in January 2014 with age-related ailments.

She was a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Gandhi would listen to her bhajans every day before his prayers. She was then known as the Adhunik Meera after Meera Bai.

imageThe first performance of Jhutika Roy for the All India Radio (AIR) was made when she was seven.

Kazi Nazrul Islam was her first mentor and her first album was released at the age of 13. Later, Kamal Dasgupta became her mentor and she soon rose to fame.

She was awarded with Padma Shri in 1972.

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