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Amar Pal (1922 to 2019) was an Indian 'Bengali folk' singer and music director. Amar Pal was born on May 19th 1922 in what is now called the Brahmanbaria District, part of Chittagong in the then British India. (Although that part of British India evolved into Bangladesh, he was registered as an Indian citizen at birth.) His father, Mahesh Chandra Pal, died when he was only 10, and he went on to learn the basics of 'Bengali folk' song from his mother Durga Sundari Devi. He also received training in classical music from Ustad Ayat Ali Khan (brother of famed tutor Allauddin Khan). He later received more specific training in 'Bengali folk' music from Mani Chakraborty and Suren Chakraborty while in Kolkata. Pal had gone to the then Calcutta in 1948 with Sachindranath Bhattacharya, a lyricist for 'All India Radio', and in 1951 first got a chance to sing on one of its stations, 'Akashbani Kolkata'. Thereafter, he recorded thousands of 'folk' and modern Bengali songs in the next seven decades, including the satirical song "Kotoi Rongo Dekhi Duniyay" (from Satyajit Ray's 1980 Indian Bengali movie "Hirak Rajar Deshe") which first gave him fame. He then worked on a number of other Bengali-based films, either as a 'playback' singer or as music director. He attended many seminars and workshops on 'Bengali folk' music across the world, eventually becoming vice-chairman of the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy. In 2007, Pal received the "Sangeet Natak Akademi Award" from the government of India for his prolonged contribution to their 'folk' music, and in 2012 the state government of West Bengal awarded him the "Sangeet Mahasamman" for the same reason. He was also honoured personally by both the Rabindra Bharati University and the Burdwan University, and wrote two books, under the titles "Banglar Loksangeet" and "Banglaar Nadir Gaan". Amar Pal died at a hospital in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest on April 20th 2019, aged 96. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/folk-ace-amar-pal-passes-away-at-96-cm-expresses-condolences-349807
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amar_Pal
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