Dhananjay Bhattacharya son of Surendranath
Bhattacharya was one of the finest Bengal singers.
He was a great versatile Shyama Sangeet singer. He
was eight years elder than his younger brother
Dhananjay Bhattacharya was born in 10.09.1922.
studied in Rivers Thompson School, Bally, Howrah.
His first song aired on All India Radio (Akashvani)
at the age of 16 in 1938. He started his career by
singing modern Bengali as well as Hindi songs. His
first song was "Jadi bhule jao more, janabo na
abhiman." in the year 1940 from Pioneer Company.
first playback however was in the year 1943. He was
best known for singing Shyama Sangeet. Out of the
total 24 songs in the movie Sadhak Ramprasad(1956),
Dhananjay sang 23 songs.He had the rarest of rare
quality of singing any type or form of songs
including Modern Bengali, Hindustani Classical
Music, Rabindra Sangeet, Kirtan, Bhajan, Baul,
Ramprasadi(of Ramprasad Sen), Nazrul Geeti, Shyama
Sangeet etc . He had a unique voice quality that is
unparallel with a range incomparable with any
vocalist till today. May be for this reason nobody
dares to sing his songs which are not only unique
but also very difficult to render yet they are
catchy and soothing and seem to be very simple when
we hear him.His singing career lasted more than
fifty years. No. of records of his songs is 500. He
was also a lyricist and wrote near about 400 songs
in the name of "Shri Partha" and "Shri Ananda". He
acted in few films like "Nababidhan", "Pasher Bari",
Dhananjay was married. Some people say that he and
Pannalal both wanted to please Kali by offering her
their songs. According to them Dhananjay received
the grace of the divine mother, but Pannalal didn't,
and so he committed suicide, and after his death,
Dhananjay bore the responsibility of Pannalal's
family, along with his own. He died in 1992. In his
last days, Dhananjay stayed in a mess away from his
house due to some unknown reasons. He had three sons
and out of them only Dipankar has taken the onus
upon him to carry the legacy of his father.