Kalika Prashad Bhattarjo, the pioneer of Bengali folk songs who give a different essence in this sector by using traditional instruments in music. He was the founder of Bengali folk band ‘Dohar’ in 1999 which has a remarkable contribution to this sector. He was born in 1961 and passed his childhood in Shilchar village of Asam where he started his music journey. After the admission in Yadabpur University he came to Kolkata. His first folk songs album was ‘Bondhur Deshe’ which was full of collected songs. The album gives him popularity. After that he made his band named Dohar which follow the ‘Surma’ Sylheti culture. The band’s first program was held on Shibchar.
He was a big fan of Bangladeshi folk singers Lalon and Shah Abdul Karim. He came in Bangladesh in 2000 to meet the great singers. Kalika Prashad sung songs of these singers. He was very eager to meet them as he used to listen their songs from his childhood. He considered Bangladeshi folk singers as very talented. He always followed them.
He completed his fellowship on music in Europe on ‘Industrial Folk Song’ under ‘India Foundation for Arts’.
This great music personality has died today in a road in Hoogly district of West Bengal. He was on his way with some of his band mates to Seuri in Birbhum area for a performance.
The car carrying Kalikaprasad fell into a ditch after a speeding lorry hit the car at National Road in Gurap area around 10:00am. He was declared dead after being rushed to the Burdawan Medical College and Hospital.