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 ! "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 soroter dine baansi 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. (Source: http://www.salilda.com/nonfilmsongs/sabita.asp ) Read more on Last.fm.
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