Diya Nairwrote on 03 Dec 2008
Smt Neeta Sen was a Bengali singer and composer. Trained in Indian classical music, she started her career with the All India Radio in Kolkata. Neeta Sen focused on modern Bengali music during the early part of her career. In 1977, she achieved commercial success with the Bengali feature film Baba Taraknath, directed by A K Chatterjee and starring Biswajeet, Sandhya Roy and Sulochana. She went on to direct music in more Bengali films like Krishna Bhakta Sudhama. A deeply devout person personally, her work was almost completely dominated by devotional films, television serials and music albums in her latter years.
She went on to direct music in several noted films like Rokto Joba, Nandan (1979), Sita (1980), Golap Bou (1977), Sonar Bangla (1982) and Baba Loknath (1994). She worked in Mumbai briefly post marriage before moving back to Kolkata. Music composed by her has been sung by eminent Bengali and Indian singers including Hemanta Mukherjee, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Anuradha Paudwal, Bhupender Singh, Srikanta Acharya and Aarti Mukherjee. She worked closely with celebrated and renowned Bengali lyricist Gouriprasanna Mazumdar. Following his demise she founded the Gouriprasanna Smriti Samsad, a committee to keep the memory of his music alive.
Neeta went on to teach music and prominent Bengali singers like Sreeradha Banerjee and Ruprekha Chatterjee have since trained under her. Some of her well-known songs are Oh go Nayoner Abir, Chokhe Chokh Rekhe and Tomar du chokh pujor prodip hole. During her career in AIR she sang Bengali songs like Boshonto Bela, Amaye bhulbe ki, Maloti, Akash Golpo Bole and Jonakir Deep Gulo.
Born to Bengali parents on November 13, 1935 she was the second daughter with three sisters and one brother. She married Sunil Sen and had a daughter and a son.
Neeta gave up meat in the later years. A frail person, she started suffering from colitis from a fairly young age. On March 31, 2006 she started getting severe abdominal pains and passed away on April 1, 2006 early morning