Kanika Banerjee - Bengali Tagore Songs - 7EPE 1149 - HMV - EP Record

Kanika Banerjee (12 October 1924 – 5 April 2000) was an Indian Rabindra Sangeet singer. Born on 12 October 1924 at Sonamukhi in Bankura district, Kanika joined Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in West Bengal, India. She was trained in both classical and Rabindrasangeet in Sangeet Bhavana (School of Music) at Santiniketan. Shantiniketan (which literally means Abode of Peace) was built on the model of an Ashram (educational hermitage). For this reason, Kanika is also occasionally referred to as Ashram Kanya or 'girl of the Ashram'. She was fortunate to take music lessons from none other than Rabindranath Tagore. It was Tagore who named her Kanika (her original name being Anima), also the name of one of his books on Poetry. Her other gurus were Dinendra Nath Tagore, Sailajaranjan Majumdar, Indira Devi Chowdhurani and Santidev Ghosh. She participated in dance-dramas directed by Rabindranath and toured all over India as a member of his cultural troupe. Kanika Bandyopadhyay joined Sangeet Bhavana as a teacher and in due course became Head of the Department of Rabindrasangeet and later its Principal. She was made Professor Emeritus of Visva-Bharati. Since 1943, Kanika had been a regular artiste of the Calcutta station of All India Radio and gave performances at the national level in the musical programmes arranged by other stations as honoured artiste. Her gramophone records came out even in the lifetime of the Poet (Tagore) and there are over 300 gramophone discs to her credit. She was also a singer of Bhajans, Nazrulgeeti (songs by Kazi Nazrul Islam) and Atulprasad's songs. However the first song recorded by her was neither a Tagore song nor a Nazrul Geeti but a Bengali Adhunik song composed by Niharbindu Sen. Kanika was invited to sing by programme organizers not only in India but also in Europe and America and was acclaimed everywhere for her unique rendering of the subtle nuances of emotions expressed in Rabindranath's lyrical compositions. She has written three books on this genre. Her life has been well documented on film by noted   film directors. She was associated with the Elmhirst Institute of Community Studies during the last years of her life. She received the highest accolade from Visva-Bharati University, the Desikottama.

Record Details


Kanika Banerjee - Bengali Tagore Songs - 7EPE 1149


Kanika Banerjee


Rabindranath Tagore

Releasing Year



Private Songs





Made In



The Gramophone Company Of India Limited

Serial No

7EPE 1149

Side One

  • Phule Phule Dhole Dhole      

Kanika Banerjee

  • Sakali Phuralo Swapana-Pray    

Kanika Banerjee

Side Two  

  • Matir Pradip Khani

Kanika Banerjee

  • Tumi Kichhu Diye Jao

Kanika Banerjee



7 Inches


45 RPM

Record Condition


Cover Condition


Lyrics - 1 Rabindranath Tagore
Record Details
Genre Private Songs
Label HMV
Language Bengali
Releasing Year 1971
Size 7 Inches
Speed 45 RPM
Singer - 1 Kanika Banerjee
Side1 - Song1 Phule Phule Dhole Dhole
Side1 - Song2 Sakali Phuralo Swapana-Pray
Side2 - Song1 Matir Pradip Khani
Side2 - Song2 Tumi Kichhu Diye Jao

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Kanika Banerjee - Bengali Tagore Songs - 7EPE 1149 - HMV - EP Record

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