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Famous folk singer Kalika Prasad dies in road accident

07 March 2017

Local reports say the driver of the auto lost control and the vehicle fell into a stretch in Nayanjuli where rescue was hard. One of the SUV's wheels also came off during the accident.

Four other singers of Kalika Prasad's band Dohar were in the auto. "We are transferring the rest of them to another hospital for better treatment".

They were on their way to perform in a cultural programme in Birbhum district when the accident happened.

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"Six men including Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee was brought to the hospital today". Bhattacharjee was rushed to Bardhaman Medical College, but was declared dead on arrival. "The driver and one more band member are still admitted to the hospital", said a hospital source. Kalikaprasad was 47. He is survived by his wife Ritocheta and a five-year-old daughter.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was shocked to learn about the mishap in which the singer died tragically.

Since the auto was travelling at a high speed, and collided with another vehicle, the auto was left in tatters, heavily injuring everyone travelling in it, and claiming singer Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee's life. As soon as the news broke, musicians and artists across all genres paid tribute to the Bengali folk exponent. His demise is a great loss to the folk genre.

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Bhattacharya was known for popularising folk songs from rural Bengal.

His body was kept at Rabindra Sadan from 4 pm to 6 pm for people to pay their last respects. RIP dear." Noted singer Haimanti Shukla said, "Kalika was a great singer and a wonderful person.

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Famous folk singer Kalika Prasad dies in road accident