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Tripura and Sachin Deb Barman

Kumar Sachin Debbarman, popularly known as ‘Sachin karta’ born into Tripura’s royalty on October 1, 1906 at his parental home at Comilla (present Banglaesh), Karta had spent his early life in pursuing studies and learning the finer art of music for which he had developed an early passion. The fact that his father ‘Karta’ Nabadwip Chandra Debbarman had been practically banished to the royal estate in Comilla because of a succession dispute over the throne stood in the way of Sachin Karta being born and brought up at Agartala. He did once visit Agartala, the capital of Tripura, as a child during the reign of King Radha Kishore Manikya (1896-1909) though subsequently he visited Agartala several times and took part in musical programmes. He came to his home state for the last time in 1946 to attend the ‘Shradh’ ceremony of a close relative.

R-L: SD Barman, Meera Debbarman, RD Barman, Asha

R-L: SD Barman, Meera Debbarman, RD Barman, Asha

However, Karta’s musical genius continued to flower in Comilla and its enchantingly beautiful pastoral environs and this perhaps plausibly explains the predominance of folk tone, culture and instruments in Sachin Karta’s creative horizon. He was also an object of great affection to Rabindra Nath Tagore who had visited Karta’s paternal home in Comilla. Having graduated from Comilla’s Victoria college Sachind karta went to Calcutta for university education. Soon enough he became a disciple of maestro Krishna Chandra Dey and then Badal Khan. Recognition came soon his way as records of his songs in inimitable voice soon hit the market. His next destination was India’s commercial capital Mumbai where Karta finally settled down and then his creativity started expressing itself at its height.


Ad2Sachin Karta’s compositions for such massive Bollywood hits as Piyasa, Teesri Manzil, Jewel Thief, Tere Mere Sapne, Aradhana, Talash and a host of others took India’s film music to new heights. Karta also made immense contribution to his first love-Bengali music in all forms. Karta breathed his last in the year 1975, leaving behind wife Ms. Meera Debbarman and son Rahul who also emulated his illustrious father in composing melodies and pops till he also passed away at the young age of 55 in the year 1992. ‘Karta’s wife Ms Meera Debbarman breathed her last in the year 2007, bringing to an end a bright era in Indian musical history.

(Source, ICA, Tripura)

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