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Born into a musical family with a rich, cultural and musical heritage, she was initiated into music at a very early age by her mother. Subsequently, her melodious voice and abundant musical talent were honed under the tutelage of Shri Susheel Banerjee, Ustaad Mohammed Sagiruddin Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale and Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni, who helped her develop a wide repertoire of light as well as classical music.
In the year 1957, while still in school, she bagged the first prize in the All-India Murphy Metro Music contest held in Mumbai having been adjudged the best singer by leading music directors of that time such as Anil Biswas, Naushad Ali, Vasant Desai, C. Ramchandra and Madan Mohan.
Arati commenced her musical journey in films with the Bengali film ‘Subarna Rekha’ and Hindi film ‘Angulimaal’ and has, since then, sung thousands of songs in Bengali, Oriya, Manipuri, Assamese, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and other languages. She was first awarded the prestigious Bengal Film Journalists Association Award in 1965 for Best Female Singer and went on to receive it several times over the following years. Among other reputed awards and titles, she received the Miyan Tansen award of Sur Singar Samsad for her songs in the films ‘Geet Gata Chal’ and the Gujarat State Government Awards for three consecutive years for her Gujarati film songs. She has also received a Filmfare award for her song in the film ‘Masoom.’
Apart from films, Arati has bewitched audiences with numerous records, discs, albums and live performances on television and stage of Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti. Her versatility as an artist can be seen in diverse genres of music like Thumri, Bhajan, Tappa, Tarana and Ghazal. She has performed widely and extensively in India and throughout the world in renowned places like Royal Albert Hall in 1977 and Madison Square Garden in 2004. She recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orissa Government in 2015 and from Times of India Group in 2016.
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