Dipali Borthakur no more


Eminent singer Dipali Borthakur, also known as the ‘Nightingale of Assam’, passed away at the Nemcare Hopsital in Guwahati. She was 77 and had been ailing for many years, in fact decades. She was admitted to the hospital last Saturday and was shifted to the ICU three days ago.

However, her health deteriorated and passed away at 1:25pm today (Dec 21).

Meanwhile, the Government has decided to accord a state funeral and family members said the cremation will take place at the Nabagraha crematorium tomorrow (Dec 22).

Born to Bishwanath Borthakur and Chandrakanti Devi at Sonari in the then Sivasagar district of Assam on Jan 30, 1941, Dipali Borthakur started singing from a very young age. Her first recorded song was ‘Mor Bopai Lahori’ which she recorded at All India Radio in 1958.

‘Xunor Kharu Nalage Muk Biyar Baabe Aai’, ‘Senai Moi Jau Dei’, ‘Xomoi Pale Amar Phale Ebar Ahi Jaba’, ‘Jundhone Junalite’, ‘Konmana Boroxire Sip’ are some of the hugely popular songs that are popular even among the younger generations.


She recorded her last song in 1969 and has been confined to a wheelchair since 1970 after suffering from a complex neuron disease.

The eminent singer married Neel Pawan Baruah, one of the most celebrated artists of Assam, in 1976 but had to keep away from singing due to her ailment.

A recipient of a whole lot of awards in recognition to her contribution to the Assamese music industry, Dipali Borthakur was conferred the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country, in 1998.