Veteran Classical Singer Pandit Deepak Chatterjee Dies At 87

Veteran Classical Singer Pandit Deepak Chatterjee Dies At 87

Pandit Deepak Chatterjee died aged 87, survived by his wife and children. (File)

New Delhi:

Veteran Hindustani classical singer Pandit Deepak Chatterjee “Rasikrang”, who has composed over 200 bandishes in various ragas, died here on Monday following age-related problems.

He was 87.

The death of the singer was confirmed by his daughter Vidisha.

“He had breathing issues in the morning, so we took him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead,” she said, adding that on Sunday Pandit Chatterjee had attended a concert.

Belonging to the Gwalior-Rampur Sahaswan gharana and an eminent vocalist of the Bhatt parampara, Pandit Deepak Chatterjee penned his first ever bandish in the raga Yaman in the year 1953 in Allahabad.

Having performed in various countries, such as the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, he made great efforts to popularise Hindustani classical music among audiences, both in India and abroad.

He served as a professor at Delhi University for 15 years, until his retirement in 2000. He is also the author of “Rasik Rang Rachana” (2016), a collection of bandishes for over 84 ragas and about 100 compositions written by him.

His cremation will take place on Tuesday at Antim Niwas crematorium, Noida. He is survived by his wife Rita Chatterjee, a son and a daughter.

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