Indrani Sen, daughter of veteran Rabindrasangeet exponent Sumitra Sen, is one of the most talented vocalists in the music fraternity. She is recognised for her soulful and distinctive style of rendition. Sen has no only excelled in singing Tagore and Kazi Nazrul songs and has lent her voice to bhajans, ghazals, geet, modern songs and almost all subgenres, including light classical music.
Sen was tutored by her mother in the formative years and later by the legendary Debabrata Biswas. She received classical music training from Bibhuti Dutta, while Purabi Dutta guided her in Nazrul songs. Eminent light classical singer, Biman Mukherjee, trained Sen in songs like thungri, toppa, agamani and puratani.
Sen’s rendition of Kazi Nazrul and Tagore songs has found appreciation among music aficionados. She has won wide acclaim all over the world and has performed in the US, Bangladesh, Australia, Switzerland, Qatar, Kuwait and elsewhere.
Sen has several albums to her credit, covered almost all the fields of Bengali music and has lent her voice to over 150 Bengali and Hindi films and TV series. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Sanget Samman from the West Bengal government.
The eminent singer has a distinguished academic career as well. She stood third in West Bengal in the senior secondary examination and later followed it up with a first class master’s degree from Calcutta University. She is the head of the department in economics at a reputed women’s college in Kolkata and has acquired a Ph. D. in foreign trade. Besides being a jury member of the Bangla telefilm festival she is also a jury of Telly Samman, an annual TV awards programme of Sambad Pratidin, a leading Kolkata daily.
Sen has founded the Anil Kumar Sen Memorial Trust, named after the memory of her late father, to extended financial aid to elderly musicians. She is the chief trustee of the organisation that also imparts music training and holds cultural workshops.
--- Prabuddha Neogi