Born Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri on November 23, 1930, Geeta Dutt went on to become one of the most prominent playback singers in Indian cinema. One of ten children born to a zamindar family in pre-partition India, Geeta’s family moved from Idilpur in nnow-Bangladesh to Calcutta in the early 1940s.
Geeta went on to work with music directors like Hemanta Kumar and Nachiketa Ghosh. Around this time, Guru Dutt’s was making his magnum opus, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, which also has the distinction of featuring one of Geeta’s finest songs ever, ‘Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam’. Ironically, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ was an unmitigated disaster and is believed to be the reason behind Guru Dutt’s descent into alcoholism and his eventual death some five years later.
Geeta Dutt suffered a nervous breakdown after Guru Dutt’s death, and ran into serious financial problems. She tried reviving her singing career, gave her final performance to the music of Kanu Roy, and died of liver cirrhosis in 1972, at the age of 41.