Dilip Kumar Roy (22.1.1897—6.1.1980) was a famous poet, author, singer, composer, lyricist, musicologist and dramatist. After obtaining his B.Sc degree with first class Honours in mathematics from Presidency College (Kolkata) he left for England in 1919 to pursue higher studies at Cambridge. He passed Part I mathematical Tripos and Part I music special in Cambridge. In 1922 he went to Germany to study Western Music. In the same year he lectured at an international conference at Lugano (Switzerland) and also toured Vienna, Prague, Budapest and other cities to speak on Indian music and culture. He met Sri Aurobindo in January 1924 and interviewed him twice. By the time he joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 22 November 1928, he had established himself as a popular singer and composer. In 1953 he went on a world tour as the cultural ambassador of India sponsored by the Government of India. He left Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1953 and settled in Pune where he set up his own Ashram, Hari Krishna Mandir. He received the title of Sur-sudhakar from Sanskrit College (Kolkata) and D.Litt from the universities of Calcutta and Rabindra Bharati. His published works in English and Bengali include The Flute Calls Still, Smriticharan, Sri Aurobindo Came To Me, Among the Great, Yogi Sri Krishnaprem, Hark! His Flute, The Upward Spiral, Netaji: The Man, Pilgrims of the Stars, Aghotan Ajo Ghate, Ashruhashi Indradhanu, Chayapather Pathik, Alochaya Akapakhi, Smriti Joware Dukul Cheye, The Beggar Princess, etc.
22 January 2022 marked the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dilip Kumar Roy. As our humble homage to him, a pictorial tribute of 132 photographs including several rare ones of the great maestro has been published in the website of Overman Foundation.
With warm regards,
Dilip Kumar Roy in his boyhood years.
Young Dilip Kumar with his father Dwijendralal Roy and younger sister, Maya Devi.
Dilip Kumar in England. From left to right: Dilip Kumar Roy (seated), Khitish Chandra Chatterjee, Subhash Chandra Bose and C.C. Desai (seated).
Dilip Kumar Roy with Nishikanto Roy Chowdhuri.
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Dilip Kumar Roy with George Katsutoshi Nakashima, one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a pioneer of the American craft movement.
Dilip Kumar Roy and Sahana Devi.
Dilip Kumar Roy with M.S. Subbulakshmi.
Dilip Kumar Roy with Uma Bose alias Hashi, whom Mahatma Gandhi had given the title of ‘Nightingale’.
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Dilip Kumar Roy with his sister Maya Devi (seated on the left), niece Esha Mukherjee, Uma Bose and the family members of Uma Bose.