Hemant Kumar

Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay Hemonto Kumar Mukhopaddhae) also known as Hemanta Mukherjee (June 16, 1920 – September 26, 1989) was an Indian singer, composer and producer. He sang in Hindi films under the name Hemant
Hemanta was born in the city of Varanasi, India. His family hailed from a village named Baharu in West Bengal and migrated to Calcutta in the early 20th century. Hemanta too grew up in Calcutta and attended a school in South Calcutta(Bhawanipore) named Mitra Institution. There he met his longtime friend, a celebrated Bengali poet, Subhas Mukhopadhyay. After passing the intermediate examinations (12th grade) Hemanta was admitted to Jadavpur University to study engineering. However, despite parental objection, he quit academics to pursue a career in music. Hemanta briefly tried his hand at literature and also published a short story in a prestigious Bengali magazine called ‘Desh’, but by the late-1930s he was committed entirely to music.

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