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Sabita Chowdhury

Although Salil used Lata to revolutionize the Bengali Modern Songs with unforgettable songs like 'Na Jeo na', 'Jaa re, ja re uDe ja re paakhi', 'Ogo aar kichhu to naai' and other songs, Sabita's role was also phenomenal. I think her first recorded basic song was a Salil song 'Mori haay go haay', a beautiful song and one of my most favourite Salil songs. Sabita recorded this song in 1958 along with 'Surero ei jhar jharna'. However, with 'Ene de enede jhoomka' she really burst into the scene and became a much loved singer in Bengal. She was a perfect match for Salil and became an expert in 'Salil-Sangeet'. In fact Sabita has recorded most number of songs for Salil. Sabita did playback singing for several Hindi and Bengali films (not Salil) before she even recorded her first song for Salil. Her second recorded song was composed by Nochiketa Ghosh. In fact Nochiketa Ghosh composed two songs for Sabita. Salil wrote the lyric for one and Pulak Bandopadhaay for the other. Other music directors such as Sudhin Dasgupta also composed songs for Sabita (Lyrics and Music by Sudhin Dasgupta). Salil used Sabita for his Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Assameese and Oriya songs as well !

Nr

Song

Year

Other known variations
Hnd Mal Tam Tel Kan Bng Oth
SC1
Surero Ei jhar jhar jhar jharnaa 1958 - - - - - - -

SC2

Mori haay go haay 1958 - - - - - - -
SC3
Ene de enede jhoomkaa 1962 PR1 - - - - - SB5
SC4 Monobinaay akhoni boojhi 1962 PT1            
SC5
Ghoom aay ghoom aay 1963 - - - - - - -
SC6 Tumi akhon amaar mone
(only performed at AIR)
1963?              
SC7
Jhilmil jhauer boney (also performed at AIR) 1963 SS4 - - - - - SL1
Jaa re jaa amaar ashaar 1965 CS1 CM2 - - - - -
SC9
Kichhu katha aachhey shono 1965 PK2 EG2 - - - - -
Moinamotir gaan (only performed at AIR) 1965/66 - RL2 - - - - OB8
SC11
Laage dol pataay pataay 1966 - - - - - - -
Oi ghoom ghoom ghumanto 1966 AD4 - - - - - KK1
Miti miti taraara (also performed at AIR) 1967 - PT4 - - - - -
Bolo naa bhoolite 1967 OB4 - - - - SM7 -
Sudhu tomaari jonney
(also performed at AIR)
1968 ND2 - - - - OS32
OS62
-
Jaa re jaa jaa mono paakhi 1968 AD5 - - - - - -
SC17
Chaitaali dine 1968 - - - - - - -
SC18
O bow kathaa kow boley paakhi 1969 - - - - - - -
Mon moyuri chharalo pekham
(also performed at AIR)
1969 RU4 - - - - - -
SC20
Aami ki boli balo na sajoni 1971 - - - - - - -
SC21
Aar gaan geye ki habey balo 1971 - - - - - - -
SC22
O sokhi aar aami 1972 - - - - - - -
Projaapoti projapoti 1972 CB1 - - CM2 - - -
Guru guru meghero 1973

VN2

- - - - - -
Kichhu aar bhalo laagey na 1973 SG1 VK1 VK2 - - - - -
Holud Gaandar Phool
(originally performed at AIR)

1973 MM5 - - - - - -
Sandhyaa nemey elo jey sandhyaa 1973 DD5 MS1 PV2 - - - -
O amaar paddo pataar din 1975 JY3 - - - - - -
O saaje naa saaje naa 1975 MN5 - - - OE2 - -
Dheu legechhey money 1976 DD4 MS5 PV4 - - - -
SC31 Aamake prosno koro na 1977 - - - - - - -
SC32 Ei to aami abaar esechhi 1977 - - - - - - -
SC33 Tumi ki kakhono sei gaan sono 1977 AN6 - - - - LM28
SM9
-
SC34 Jaao tobe jaao 1977 - SP1 - - - - -
Naa naa naa naa go jetey debo naa 1978 - DV5 - - - - -
SC36 Paarbo naa kichhute 1978 AP2 - - - - - -
Nayana biheena chokhey 1979 AP3 PT2 - - - - -
SC38
Mon amaar holo kano je 1979 - PV6 - - - - -
SC39 Dure dure thekonaa aar 1979     TI2        
SC40 Dhinaak tin naak taadhin 1979 UK2            
SC41
Koto ritu aasey jaay
(only performed at AIR)
19 - - - - - - -
SC42
Naa naa naa jeo naa jeo naa choley
(only performed at AIR)
19 - - - - - - -
SC43
Kano e mon amon kemon karey
(only performed at AIR)
19 - - - - - - -
Aaj sorote aalor baanshi baajlo
(also performed at AIR)
1980 CD3 VK5 - - - - -
Naao gaan bhorey naao
(with Antara Chowdhury)
1980 - - - - - OS7 -
Jhilmil jhilmil oparero monjil.
(also performed at AIR)
1980 LB3 SP3 - - OE3 - -
Sur khunjchhi
(also has an AIR recording with different lyrics)
1980 - - - - - - -
Aar kichhu naai mone 1980 AD1 DV6 - - SL5 - -
SC49
Da(n)raao, aami thik korey ni 1981 - - - - - - -
SC50
Mon ke bendhey dhorey 1981 - - - - - AS15 -
SC51
Jotodin chhiley kachhey 1981 - - - - - - -
Aar kichhu nei bolaar 1981 - TB2 - - - SK5 -
Protidin protikkhan 1982 - TB3 - - - - -
Tomaar buker khuner chinho khunji 1982 - - - - - MS15 HN5 -
SC55
Du chokhey aashaar nodi chhalachhal (only performed at AIR) 1987 MP2 - - - - OS43 AS14 -
SC56
Sabaar upore 1988 - - - - - - -

"Oi jhilmil jhauer boney" was also performed for the AIR. It was the 'Song of the Month' in 1977. Sabita also performed the song "Miti miti taaraaraa" for the AIR.
"Sudhu tomaari jonne" was originally recorded by Manas Mukherjee. Sabita sang it for the AIR. I don't know the year. I have a wonderful recording of Salil himself singing this song just after he composed it.There are three different Bengali versions of this song ! Salil used the song "jaare jaa jaa mono paakhi" in the Title music of the Malayalam Film 'Ezhuraathrikal'. This was released on a 78rpm record. Salil used this Title music to compose the hindi song "Hamraahi manzil ke" in the film "Anokhaa Daan". "Holud gaandaar phool" was Sabita's first AIR song which became very popular and so did Sabita.
"Koto ritu aasey jaay" was recorded at Salil's own studio with full orchestra and was broadcast at the AIR. I don't know which year though. Wonderful song...
"Naa naa naa jeonaa jeonaa chole" and "Kano e mon amon kamon karey" were performed at the All India Radio, Calcutta. I don't know the year.
"tumi ki kakhono sei gaan sono" has three sets of lyrics ! The original version 'Guru guru guru' was performed by Sandhya Mukherjee for the AIR ( I don't know the year) .The Sabita version mentioned here is the second one with different lyrics and finally Lata recorded it yet again ("sabaar adaaley saanjh sakaale") in 1988 with another set of lyrics. I wondered if Salil kept forgetting the original lyrics or was it because he liked this song so much ! I still consider the Mukesh version 'Nain hamaare' in the film Annadata as the best.
.Sabita performed the song "Aaj sorote aalor baanshi baajlo" first for the AIR with quite different lyrics than the later recorded version.
"Naao gaan bhorey naao" is in fact a duet by Antara and Sabita. This song was originally recorded by Protima Bandyopadhaay back in 1955 which has different lyrics. It has the same introduction but the second stanza (antara) has a different melody.
"Jhilmil jhilmil opaarero monjil" was also performed by Sabita for AIR in the early or mid '60s with different lyrics.
"Tomaar buker khuner chinho khunji" was originally recorded in 1948 by Sunil Mukherjee. It was composed by Salil just after the death of his close friend the poet Sukanta Bhattyacharya who died of tuberculosis and without any treatment. The record is not available anymore.
"Du chokhey aashaar nodi chhalachhal" was performed for the AIR and was 'Song of the Month' in 1987.