Sandhya Mukherjee: A legend of Bengali music who lent her voice to the cause of Bangladesh

Sometimes, a simple five-minute song can capture a nation’s consciousness.

“Bangabandhu phire elo tomar, swopner swadhin Banglai (Bangabandhu has returned to his dream, an independent nation of Bengal)”, did exactly this in January 1972 as it attempted to soothe a Bangladesh broken by the liberation war of the previous year.

Rendered by Kolkata-based singer Sandhya Mukherjee, and relayed…

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