Legendary singer Nirmala Mishra dies at 81

Legendary Bengali singer Nirmala Mishra is no more. The veteran singer died on Sunday at her home in Chetla, Calcutta. The 81-year-old music legend who suffered a massive heart attack had suffered from old age ailments for quite some time and had been almost bedridden for the past few months.

She reportedly suffered a massive heart attack around 12.05pm and was rushed to a nearby nursing home, where the Bangladeshi singer was pronounced dead.

The iconic Bengali songs of Nirmala Mishra that are etched in our hearts include Eamon Ekta Jhinuk, Bolo to Arshi and Eai Banglar Mati Te. She also enchanted music lovers with some of her Odia hits such as ‘Nida Bhara Raati Madhu Jhara Janha’ and ‘Mo Mana Beena Ra Taare’. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has expressed her grief over Mishra’s passing. The singer’s body is now kept at Rabindra Sadan for her fans and admirers to pay their last respects.

Born in 1938 in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, Nirmala Mishra has a number of prestigious awards in her repertoire, including the Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Das Award, which was given to the singer for her lifelong contribution to Odia music. She also received Banga Bibhushan, Sangeet Samman and several other prestigious awards for her contribution to Bengali music.

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