Vocalist Subir Sen passed away at a city nursing home on Tuesday morning. Sen was 82-year-old. He was the last survivor of the golden era of Bengali songs.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled his death and said that his place in the golden era of Bengali songs will be remembered for many years.
Written and composed by Sudhin Dasgupta, ‘Eto sur and eto gan’ gave Subir Sen overnight fame. At all programmes called ‘jalsa’ in those days the audience used to request him to sing this song. Another song composed by Dasgupta, ‘Oi ujjalo din’ was equally popular. ‘Saradin tomae dekhe holo na amar kono kaj’ was very popular among the Bengali youths. “We used to hum Subir Sen’s songs in our college days,” said a senior bureat of the state government adding “the melody of his voice and depth had made him popular”.
In Salil Chowdhury’s composition, Sen’s song ‘Pagol Haoa’ was so popular that Cbhowdhury had used this in a Hindi movie, ‘Na Jane Kiun’. Sen had ssung in many Hindi films and had duet songs with Lata Mangeshkar.