Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhury or Geeta Dutt was born at Faridpur in Bangladesh before the partition of India on November 23, 1930. She was born to Debendranath Ghosh Roy Chowdhary and Amiya Devi. Her family shifted to Kolkata in the early 40s. The family shifted to Mumbai in 1942. Geeta studied at the Bengali High School. She was married to Guru Dutt in 1953. They had three children. Geeta who had an unhappy married life took to drinking.
Career of Geeta Dutt:
Geeta Dutt had no formal training in music but she created her own style. She had a particular style of singing much adored by the listeners. She was a blessed singer who could sing bhajans, sad songs, western songs, romantic songs etc. Geeta Dutt has sung in many regional languages including in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Nepali. She sang some of the best songs of her career for the films made by her husband Guru Dutt.
She also gave some classic numbers for SD Burman, OP Nayyar and Hemant Kumar. Music director K Hanuman Prasad was impressed by the singing of Dutt and suggested her parents to have her to try in the film industry. He later trained her and launched her in the film industry. She got her first break in hindi cinema as a singer in 1946 for the mythological film “Bhakt Prahlad”.
Geeta Dutt lent her voice for the films like “Do Bhai”, “Baazi”, “Pyar”, “Devdas”, “Pyasa”, “Sujata”, “Kaagaz Ke Phool”, “Baaz”, “Aar Paar”,“Mr and Mrs 55”, “CID”, “Howrah Bridge”, “Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam” etc. The songs sung by Geeta Dutt are still remembered for the sheer melody and soulful rendition.
Some of the popular songs sung by her include “Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya”, “Jane Kya Tune Kahi”, “Waqt Ne Kia”, “Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Lagalo”, “Tabdeer Se Bigdi Hui Takdir Bana Le”, “Hum Aap Ki Ankhon Me”, “Hawa Dhire Aana”, “Na Jao Saiyyan Chhudake Baiiyan”, “Piyan Eso Jiya Me Samaye Gayo Re”, “Chale Ao Chale Aao”, “Babuji Dhire Chalna”, “Thandi Hawa Kali Ghata”, “Jane Kaha Mera Jigar Gaya Ji”, “Jata Kaha Hai”, “Ae Dil He Mushkil Jeena Yaha”, “Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo”. She sang many Bengali modern songs. Notable among them are “Shachimata Go Char Juge Hai”, “Aye Mayabi Tithi”, “Tumi Je Amar”, “Nishiraat Banka Chand Aakashe”, “Katha Ache Tumi Aaj Ashbe” among others.
After the death of her husband Geeta suffered nervous breakdown and financial constraints. She died of liver cirrhosis on July 20, 1972 at the age of 42 years.
Words and Wishes:
Shikha Biswas Vohra
“A soft spoken woman in real life, she would metamorphose into an exotic cabaret performer with clever modulation of voice in the recording studio. Her voice was rich, vibrant and well-toned and could switch from exotica to melancholy in a matter of minutes”
“She was an extrovert and a fun-loving person. I remember the good times we had; at a moment’s notice Mummy would say, ‘Come on, let’s go for a picnic,’ and we would pack up and leave. She loved having people around, our friends used to stay over and she would cook and look after everyone. She loved doing that”
Children: Nina Dutt
(FAN OF Mrs. GEETA GHOSH ROY CHOWDHURY)
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