Pahari Sanyal is an outstanding luminary in the world of Bengali Cinema.
Pahari Sanyal was born on 22nd February, 1906 in the midst of the serene beauty of hilly tract of Darjeeling. As he was born in the hills, thus his nickname became Pahari .His real name was Nagendranath. He had completed his schooling from Lucknow but later joined Benaras Hindu University for Engineering studies. But he was never interested in studies but he chose a different path for himself .He started taking lessons of Hindustani Classical Music from Morris College in Lucknow. He had learnt music under the tutelage of Ustad Md.Hussain, Chote Munna Khan, Nasir Khan . Ahmad Khan. Not only that, he was equally interested in instrumental music. Thus , he had also taken lessons of tabla from Rashbehari Sil and Abid Khan. He was deeply inclined to learn different types of songs. During his stay in Lucknow , he was in close contact with the Atul Prasad Sen and had hugely contributed to his songs. Pahari Sanyal was also fluent in Hindi and Urdu. In the personal front , he got married twice. He first tied his knots with the Vice Principal of Moradabad School. But unfortunately 1n 10th March , 1930 she died while giving birth to their child. Later , Pahari got married to actress Meera Devi and had one daughter.
Pahari was introduced to Director Devkikumar Basu by one of his friends. Devkikumar Basu took him to B.N. Sarkar of Star Theatre who helped him to make his debut with Rs.150 in the world of acting. In 1933, he got his first break in the film “Meerabai”. The movie “Vidyasagar” was a landmark in his career which made him a living legend of that time. Some of his notable movies are “Bhagyachakra”(1935), “Bidyapati” (1938), “Mahakobi Girishchandra” (1953), “Jomaloye Jobonto Manush”(1958), Aranyer dinratri (1970). He had even sung in some of his movies. In 1942, he went to Bombay for working in Bollywood films. In 1941, he got B.F.J.A for his incredible performance in the film “Protishruti”. In 1956, Pahari Sanyal was awarded B.F.J.A again for his film “Jaya”. This great legend passed away on 10th February, 1974.