Popular folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya dies in road accident

Popular Bengali folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya passed away in a road accident. He was 56. The mishap took place at Palsit in West Bengal's Burdwan district on Tuesday.

Bhattacharya was travelling along with four members of his Bangla band, 'Dohar', when a truck hit their SUV from behind on NH 2 and their vehicle fell into a shallow water-body. He was on way to a school function in Birbhum district. The incident occurred at around 9:30 am.

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya was rescued in a critical condition and taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital where he was declared dead. The other four were undergoing treatment and the three among them are said to be critical.

Expressing grief over the demise of Silchar-born artist, singer-music composer Shantanu Moitra said, "I wish this news you have given were not true."

"Kalika and I had been planning to do a collaborative music project and we were scheduled to meet very soon," Moitra added.

Music composer Debojyoti Mishra said, "He was credited with infusing folk elements in new form in Bengali music and whenever I met him I was struck by his creative thinking."

Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal condoles the death of Kalika Prasad, who founded the music band ‘Dohar’ and lent his voice in films like Jaatishwar (2014), Moner Manush (2010) and Bhuban Majhi (2017).

"He enriched the world of folk music with his creative contributions. With his death the world of music has last a real gem which would be difficult to be filled. He left behind a rich legacy of his creations which will continue to be a source of inspiration to the young band of singers. He will be remembered by posterity for his multifaceted role in film direction, composition and rendition of songs," Sonowal said.

May his soul rest in peace!