Subinoy Roy

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Subinoy Roy
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Background information
Born(1921-11-08)November 8, 1921
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
DiedJanuary 9, 2004(2004-01-09) (aged 82)
GenresRabindra Sangeet Singer

Subinoy Roy (8 November 1921 - 9 January 2004) was an Indian singer, considered one of the best-known exponents of the songs of Rabindranath Tagore: (Rabindrasangeet).[1]

Early life[edit]

Roy was initiated to Rabindra Sangeet by his mother at a very early age. Later, while studying Chemistry in graduation level at Shantiniketan, he came in contact with Maestro Shailajaranjan Majumder and started learning Rabindra Sangeet from him. He learned Indian Classical Music from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay and Girija Shankar Chakrabarty.[2]


At some time, he left Shantiniketan and pursued studying library science from England and joined Indian Statistical Institute as librarian. Still, he became renowned as a teacher of Rabindra Sangeet that too for being an authority in Rabindra Sangeet in its purest form. He became a regular artist of Rabindra Sangeet in the All India Radio since 1943.[3] His first gramaphone record was released on 1949, with two songs; "তুমি ডাক দিয়েছ কোন সকালে" and "এই করেছো ভালো"[4]

Though Subinoy was a puritan in rendition of Rabindra Sangeet, he was adaptable and open to liberalization. Once interviewed on expiry of copyright of the songs written by Rabindranath Tagore, Subinoy Roy expressed:

"I'm not sure where all these do's and don'ts came from.... Rabindranath liked the esraj, violin, flute and tabla with his songs, but if the guitar, synthesizer and drums existed at the time, I'm sure he would have tried those out too. At least he wouldn't reject them if they made his songs sound better.".[5]


Roy died in hospital in Kolkata four days after his wife.[6]


Roy, Subinoy (1379 BS - 1972). রবীন্দ্র সংগীত সাধনা (Rabindra Sangeet Sadhana), A Mukherjee and Sons:Kolkata.


  1. ^ Krishna Dutta, Anita Desai (2003). Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History. Signal Books. p. 226. ISBN 1-902669-59-2.
  2. ^ "কলকাতার কড়চা". Anandabazar Patrika. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ "The City Diary". The Telegraph. January 10, 2004. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  4. ^ "সুবিনয় রায়কে শ্রদ্ধাঞ্জলি". Ei Samay. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  5. ^ "Rabindranath Tagore's music may finally unshackle with Visvabharati's copyright set to end". India Today. October 23, 2000. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ "কলকাতার কড়চা". Ananda Bazar Patrika. 6 November 2017.