A function was organised in the city on Friday to commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of famous poet, litterateur and singer Dilip Kumar Roy.
Son of DL Roy, Dilip Kumar was a close friend of Subhas Chandra Bose and was born on January 22, 1897, just a day before Netaji’s birthday.
Dilip Kumar and Subhas Chandra studied together at Presidency College. However, later Subhas had to take admission to Scottish Church College after he developed differences with Professor Otten.
Dilip Kumar went to England and came in contact with great scholars like Bertrand Russell, Bernard Shaw and a host of others. His famous book ‘Tirthankar’ contains his correspondences with Mahatma Gandhi, Romian Rolland, Russell, Aurobindo and Tagore. He was a close associate of Aurobindo and had spent many years in Puducherry.
His famous duet ‘Dhano Dhanyo Pushpo Bhara’ composed by his father DL Roy is still popular among music lovers because of his baritone voice and rendering.
The reprint of his write up entitled ‘Atul Prasad: manus, kobi, bhakto’ was published as a booklet. Essayist Pranab Biswas and Sruti Goswami spoke on Dilip Roy. The programme was organised by Sutradhar.
It may be recalled that in October , 1926 Netaji was them imprisoned in Mandalaya jail wrote a letter to his friend Dilip and urged him to carry on with his genius as a singer.