Amar Paul

Shri Amar Paul was born in 1922 in Brahmanbaria in east Bengal, a part of today Bangladesh. He received his initial lessons in music from his mother Durgasundari Pal. Later he studied classical music under Ayat Ali Khan and received training in folk music from Mani Chakraborty and Suren Chakra- borty. The foremost urban exponent of the Bengali folk song today, Shri Amar Paul has performed extensively all over Bengal in the course of a professional career exceeding fifty years. Working simul- taneously in the media, he has sung playback songs in many films including Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshe. A student of folk music as well as a performer, Shri Amar Paul has published books on the subject such as Banglar Loksangeet, and Banglaar Nadir Gaan. Numerous songs sung by Shri Amar Paul have been issued in the form of gramophone records, audio-cassettes, and CDs. He has attended seminars and workshops on folk music worldwide and concerts of his music have been presented in Tokyo, Bangladesh and the United States. Shri Amar Paul has served as Vice-Chairman of the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy, Calcutta. For his service in the field of Bengali folk music, Shri Amar Paul has been honoured by the West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Music and Visual Arts, the Rabindra Bharati University, the Panchim Banga Sangeet Academy. He is also a recipient of the Lalan Puraskar for folk music conferred by Govern- ment of the West Bengal. Shri Amar Paul receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to folk music of West Bengal.