Sandhya Mukharjee seriously sick, 5 member medical board formed



Aryndom Bhattacharjya, Staff Correspondent
Sandhya Mukharjee

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Kolkata: Legendary musician Sandhya Mukherjee has been infected by Coronavirus. She was shifted from Government SSKM Hospital to Apollo Hospital on Thursday (January 27). A 5-member medical team has been formed for her. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is always keeping abreast. 

On Thursday afternoon, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to the government hospital to see Mukherjee. Mamata could not go forward due to corona. After seeing her, the Chief Minister went out and had a meeting with the director of the hospital. She also had a meeting with the medical team. Mamata also talked to the singer's daughter Soumi Sengupta.

After leaving the hospital, the Chief Minister said that the singer has been suffering from corona. She was then taken to Apollo Hospital. Apollo Hospital authorities said she also had cardiac problems. At the same time, the infection of Covid has spread to the lungs. The artist also has anemia. Sujan Mukherjee and eminent persons including PC Mandol are on her medical board.

The artist is on oxygen support at the moment. She underwent a blood test on Thursday. In addition, multiple tests, including scans, have been performed. All test reports will be available on Friday. The number of members of the medical board may be increased based on the results of the report. 

When Sandhya Mukherjee brawled over the Padma Shri rejection issue, the legendary singer's serious physical condition deteriorated within 24 hours.

Sisimpur steps on its 18th year



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“Sisimpur”, the program that embarked on television aiming to turn the learning into more enjoyable experience for pre-primary and primary level children, has completed 17 years and steps on the 18 th year on this 15 April. Every year, the 15 April is celebrated as “Sisimpur Day” as it was the very first day of broadcasting Sisimpur.

With the help of the television show and printed materials, Sisimpur helps children with identifying letters, identifying letters from words, matching words with letters, creating sentences with words. They also use the the materials from the the surrounding environment and help identify the colors and words through them. For example, the beginning letters of the words such as house, banana, mango, table, clock, cow, tree, leaf, pen, book etc. are taught through play.

Through the characters of Sisimpur, different elements of the environment such as colors, shapes, etc. are taught. The accurate pronunciation of Bangla language has always been regarded as an essential matter at Sisimpur. That is why, all the Sisimpur Muppets, human characters and even in the animation episodes the Standard Bangla pronunciation has been especially emphasized so that the children get sufficient exposure to Standard Bangla language and can practice as well. At the same time the dialects, cultures and life-styles of different areas are also portrayed. So, the children learn to show respect towards various cultures and dialects which are different than theirs.

At present, the 14th Season of Sisimpur is being telecasted. This popular television program is shown in BTV, Duranta TV and Machranga TV. From the onset of this endeavor, Bangladesh Television has been broadcasting Sisimpur program relentlessly for last 17 years which is a remarkable fact. This is a result of the cordial efforts by Ministry of Women and Children’s Affair of Bangladesh and the Authority of Bangladesh Television and Sisimpur. About 10 million population of the country is enjoying the program through three television channels.

Sisimpur has become the attraction for the children at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. During the weekends of Book Fair, the Fridays and Saturdays, a great number of children splash towards the fair to spend fun time with Ikri, Halum, Tuktuki and Shiku. This has already become an integral part of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.

Regarding the accomplishment of 17 years’ journey, the Managing Director of Sisimpur, Mohammad Shah Alam says that for sixteen years, this program is being created to meet the early education needs of 3 to 8 years old children. And the goal is also to meet the needs of the parents, caregivers and teachers. Through joyfulness and play, Sisimpur plays an integral role in the holistic development of the child. To mention some of them, there are: Language-letters; Mathematics; Environment; Gender equality; Social values ​​and behavior; Tolerance and respect for differences and diversity. There is also, balanced and nutritious food; Healthy Habits; Earthquake; Road safety and drowning related water safety; building awareness against injury prevention; Giving ideas about income-expense and savings to children. It includes our art-culture and heritage, and many more.

Sisimpur also emphasizing more on showing mutual respect, affection, admiration towards unity and diversity among the cultures as well as the people of the country.

Sesame Workshop Bangladesh operates all its activities jointly through public, private and international organizations. In the last 17 years, Sisimpur collaborated with the Government of Bangladesh through the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Ministry of Culture etc. Sisimpur started its journey through a funding provided by USAID and the support from USAID is persisted till today.

Sisimpur is the Bangladeshi counterpart of New York-based educational television series Sesame Street which is co-produced in Bangladesh through Sesame Workshop Bangladesh.

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Rolling his way for Bangladesh Music Industry



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Naved Parvez

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Bangladeshi composer and music director Naved Parvez have huge passion for bangla song. So that he is continue making new songs from United States where he has been settle for family members. On the occasion of this Valentine's Day, he has released three songs of different colors. He simply touched listeners hearts with the melody and music of these songs. This young composer and music director is now getting great positive response for his new created songs.

Among the new songs, Sania Sultana Liza sung ‘Chai Tomay’ which has been released on her YouTube channel. This was written by Shimul SB. Regarding the song, Naved Parvez said, ‘It was recorded in New York in November last year. It shows the emotions of a girl for her boyfriend. I have arranged it a little differently. The audience understood that after the song was released. Liza likes the idea of presenting herself in a new way. That's why I feel good.’


Naved Parvez has composed two songs in two valentine's special drama directed by Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz which has been released on Cinemawala Music Youtube channel. Lyrics for this two songs are written by Johny Hoque. Among them, Pallabi Roy and Payal Tripura sung ‘Mamoni’ for 'Kajal' drama. Regarding the song, Naved said, ‘It has the emotion of a daughter towards a father. I have kept the sadness in the song keeping in line with the story. Mihajlo Mihajlovsky from Macedonia played the violin in the song. Many listeners have personally told me on YouTube that tears came to their eyes when they heard the song.’

Sajid Mohammad sung the title song of drama ‘Moner Saathi’ directed by Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz. Regarding the song, Naved Parvez said, ‘It has a triangle love story. So I have left a mark of estrangement in this song. Katherine Romanova from London played the violin in the song. Many people on Facebook have expressed their love for this song.’


Regarding the positive response for new three songs, Naved Parvez said, “Listeners like all the songs and they said these are beautiful. Each song has a different effect. Each song has created a different feeling. Like someone likes ‘Chai Tomay’. Some say ‘Moner Sathi’ is best. ‘Mamoni’ is heart touching to some listeners. That is why I feel successful.”

Apart from YouTube, three new songs are also being heard on Itunes and Spotify. Naved said, ‘If any listeners like these, I ask them to share and spread these songs among their loved ones.’


Naved Parvez has already made some new songs. These may be release next month and on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his words, ‘I believe that great things can be achieved by raising the standard of creative mindset. I'm trying to do that. I have created 15 new songs in the last 10 days for my loving listeners. They are my ultimate inspiration.’

Naved Parvez was born on May 31, 1992. He has been working in the music arena of Bangladesh since 2014. Last eight years, he has composed songs and arranged music for dramas, films and magazine programmes as well as commercials.

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Veteran Indian singer Bappi Lahiri passes away



Entertainment Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Indian singer Bappi Lahiri

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Veteran Indian singer-composer Bappi Lahiri is no more. He passed away at the age of 69 in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital.

His doctor Deepak Namjoshi confirmed the news of his demise. According to the doctor, the ‘Disco Dancer’ hitmaker died last night due to multiple health issues.

“He had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called for a doctor to visit their home, following which he was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues. He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) last night,” physician Deepak Namjoshi said.After hearing about Bappi Lahiri’s demise, several fans took to social media and paid tribute to the legendary singer.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also took to Twitter and expressed shock at the news. “Shocked to hear about the demise of rockstar #BappiLahiri ji. Can’t believe my next-door neighbour is no more.”

Bappi Lahiri was hospitalised in April last year as well after he had tested positive for coronavirus.

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Legendary singer Geetsree Sandhya Mukherjee passes away



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The end of a golden age in the world of Bengali music has come down with the sad demise of popular musician Sandhya Mukherjee leaving to the land of no return.

Sandhya Mukherjee breathed her last at a private hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday (February 15) evening. She was 90 years old at the time of her death.
Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen tweeted about the death of the legendary artist.

Fans mourning the artist's death. Prominent people of the world of entertainment and culture have expressed their condolences.

Sandhya Mukherjee was born on 4 October 1931 in Dhakuria, Kolkata. Father Narendranath Mukherjee used to work in the railways. The youngest of six sisters had a distinct passion for music since her childhood.

She learnt song from Pandit Santosh Kumar Basu and Chinmoy Lahiri in childhood. Sandhya Mukherjee was trained in classical music by Ustad Bare Ghulam Ali and even his son Ustad Munabar Ali Khan.

She made her debut as a playback singer in 1948. Apart from classical music, the number of songs sung by Sandhya Mukherjee in the film world is not less. If this path does not end, this is just a day of singing, come to mother Lakshmi Bose's house, champa chameli rose garden, I saw you in a dream. The innumerable songs in her voice will be forever remembered by the listeners.
At one time She also sang in the Hindi film industry. She gave play back in 17 Hindi films. She haf also released her own album. Sandhya Mukherjee returned to Kolkata for marriage in the mid-fifties when her career was in full swing in Mumbai in the fifties. She intended to organize her family from here as well as continue his singing career. She had worked with famous music directors like Sachin Dev Barman, Hemant Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan, Roshan etc.

This legendary singer of the golden age was also awarded the Geetashree honor. She received Bangabibhushan.

Even Sandhya Mukherjee got the national honor. In the rules of time, she too was lost from the title. Except for her birthday, the scratches of the pen would not be read on him anymore.

However, on the eve of the Republic Day, the announcement of Padma Samman stirred up again. The Bengali legendary singer rejected the Padma-proposal letter given by the central government. She said in a firm voice, "The way my country loves me, I don't need Padma Shri or any other Sri."

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