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Remembering Dipali Borthakur, Assam’s Nightingale On Birth Anniversary

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Dipali Borthakur was born on the Nilamoni Tea Estate on January 30, 1941. Her father, Bishwanath Barthakur, was the tea estate manager, and her mother, Aaimoni Barthakur. She lived in a cloistered environment with her elder sisters Rebati, Nirmali, and Putuli, as well as her elder brothers Bhupen and Bhaben, as the youngest of six brothers and sisters. Her father had suffered from severe acidity when she was a child. Because there was no medical facility in the tea garden, he was transferred to their maternal uncle’s home in Sivasagar’s Amolapatty neighborhood. The rest of the family followed suit. Her father, however, was unable to recover from his illness and died one day. Dipali Barthakur was only two and a half years old at the time.

She had many popular songs to her credit including-Sonor Kharu Nelage Mok, Chenai Moi Jao Dei, Samay Pale Amar Phale Abar Aahi Jaba.

Also Read: Remembering Dipali Borthakur, Assam’s Nightingale: 5 Lesser Known Facts

She recorded her final song in 1969 and has been in a wheelchair since 1970 due to a complex neuron disease.

In 1976, the renowned singer married Neel Pawan Baruah, one of Assam’s most celebrated artists, but she was unable to perform due to her illness.

Dipali Borthakur, a recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to the Assamese music industry, was awarded the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, in 1998.


She began her career in music while still in school, in 1955, at All India Radio. At the age of 15, she won the best singer award at a Sangeet Natak Akademi competition in Dibrugarh.

In 1958, when she was in class nine, she sang “Mor Bopai Lahori” on All India Radio, Guwahati, and “Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon” for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).

Some of Dipali Borthakur’s popular Assamese songs are:

“Xunor Kharu Nalage Muk”
“Joubone Aamoni Kore, Chenaidhon”
“Jundhone Junalite”
“Konmana Boroxire Sip”
“Senai Moi Jau Dei”
“O’ Bondhu Somoi Pale Amar Phale”

  1. Dipali Barthakur performed her final song, “Luit o nejabi boi,” in 1969. She then developed a severe motor neuron disease, which hampered her singing and forced her to use a wheelchair.
  2. In 1976, she married Neel Pawan Barua, the son of renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua and an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam.

  1. Borthakur had joined Cotton College in Guwahati by 1961, and she quickly became the best female singer at Gauhati University, prompting HMV to invite her to cut her first gramophone record a few months later. Her songs – about 24 in total, including 16 on HMV records – were popular, particularly ‘Senai moi jaon dei,’ ‘Sonar kharu nelage muk,’ and ‘Konman borosire sip.’
  2. The Union government awarded her the Padma Shri in 1998, and the Assam government honoured her with the state artist award in 2001.
  3. In 1958, when she was in class nine, she sang “Mor Bopai Lahori” on All India Radio, Guwahati, and “Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon” for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).
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