Dipali Barthakur
Born(1941-01-30)30 January 1941
Nilomoni Tea Estate, Sonari, Sivasagar, Assam
Died21 December 2018(2018-12-21) (aged 77)
Years active1955-1969
SpouseNeel Pawan Baruah
AwardsPadmashri, 1998

Dipali Barthakur (30 January 1941 – 21 December 2018) was an Indian singer from Assam. Her songs were sung mainly in the Assamese language.[1] She received the fourth-highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri, in the year 1998.[2]

Early life

Barthakur was born in 1941 to Bishwanath Borthakur and Chandrakanti Devi[3] in Sonari at Sivasagar, Assam.[4][5]

Musical career

Barthakur started her career as a singer early. When she was studying in class nine, in 1958, she sang the song "Mor Bopai Lahori" on All India Radio, Guwahati,[4] and the song "Joubone Amoni Kore Chenaidhon" for the film Lachit Borphukan (1959).[6]

Some of her other popular Assamese songs are:[3]

Personal life

Barthakur sang her last song "Luito nejabi boi" in 1969.[4] After that she began suffering from a severe motor neuron disease which hindered her singing and forced her to use a wheelchair. In 1976 she married Neel Pawan Barua, an eminent Indian artist and painter from Assam and son of renowned Assamese writer Binanda Chandra Barua.[1][7]

Barthakur died on 21 December 2018 at Nemcare Hospital, Guwahati, after a prolonged illness.[8] She was known as "Nightingale of Assam".[9]


Barthakur was honored many times, most notably with the Padma Shri award for folk and traditional music in 1990–92.

Some of her awards/ recognitions are listed below:


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  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Deepali-Borthakur". assamspider.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
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  5. ^ "Assamese singer Dipali Barthakur passes away". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 22 December 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 March 2020.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Musical Minds". enajori.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Where Rubies are Hidden - II". Rukshaan Art. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Dipali Borthakur Passes Away". Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Singer Dipali Barthakur passes away, last rite today with state honour". www.thehillstimes.in. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. ^ "October 16th, 2010 - October 28th, 2010, The Strand Art Room, Neel Pawan Baruah". ArtSlant. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Nani Palkhivala, Lakshmi Sehgal conferred Padma Vibushan". Rediff.co.in. 27 January 1998. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. ^ TI Trade (18 January 2010). "The Assam Tribune Online". Assamtribune.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Aideu Handique Silpi Award to Dipali Borthakur". htsyndication.com. 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.