Geeta Dutt – The Magical Voice

Daughter of Debendranath Ghosh Roy Chowdhary and Amiya Devi, Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhary (Geeta Dutt after marriage) was born on November 23, 1930 in a rich zamindar family and was one of the ten children. Admitted to a village school in the district, she hardly showed any interest in studies but was infectiously drawn towards the songs sung by the boatmen and loved to hum them all day long. Her parents recognized her melodious vocals and asked Shri Harendranath Nandi (a relative) to give her music lessons. But her music training couldn’t continue for long as she had to shift to Mumbai along with her family in 1942. Due to financial deprivation, her family couldn’t afford a music teacher. But not the one to give up easily, young Geeta she continued to practice and sing on her own and at the same time, continued her education in the Bengali High School of Bombay. It was pure destiny that Pandit Hanuman Prasad happened to be passing by her house when he heard her singing, enquired about her with the family, and offered her a chance to sing in the mythological film ‘Bhakta Prahlad’ (1946). History was made as the Hindi film industry got a new versatile playback singer in Geeta.

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