Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, the singer who turned down the Padma Shri award, has died.

  • Feb. 16, 2022, 10:54 a.m.

While the music fraternity is still mourning the demise of Lala Mangeshkar, on Tuesday evening came yet another tragic note. The iconic Bengali singer, who last month refused the Padma Shri award from the central government, breathed her last at a Kolkata hospital due to cardiac arrest.

Last week, the veteran singer, diagnosed with COVID-19, was in critical condition, said the hospital where she was undergoing treatment. She had ischemic heart disease and had to be put on oxygen support. Due to her irregular heart rhythm, Sandhya was on medication and also given medication to keep up her blood pressure. However, for the last few days, she had been suffering from multi-organ dysfunction.

She suffered a massive heart attack earlier in the day and the medical team treating her tried their best to revive her, but they couldn't save the iconic singer. Mukhopadhyay, who had rejected the Padma Shri award ahead of Republic Day, was admitted to SSKM Hospital as her health condition deteriorated after she fell in the bathroom of her residence. She had a left femur bone fracture along with several other health-related issues and was being treated at a private hospital.

Well-known as a stalwart in classical and semi-classical music, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay had worked with so many renowned music directors, including SD Burman, Madan Mohan, Naushad, Anil Biswas, and Salil Chaudhury. She also won the National Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1970 for the Bengali cult classics 'Jay Jayanti' and 'Nishi Padma."

Last month, the veteran singer made headlines when she turned down the Padma Shri honour when a central government official reached out to her over the telephone ahead of Republic Day. She had said, with a singing career spanning eight decades, being recognized for the Padma Shri at 90 is demeaning for a singer of her stature and the award is more deserving for junior artists.

Author : Rajdhani Delhi Representative

Rajdhani delhi representative

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