Family Tree of Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) and Guru Dutt

Family

With help from Haimanti Banerjee ji (the author of Geeta Dutt: The Skylark) who on our request got in touch with Geeta ji’s youngest sister Amrita, has helped us complete the family tree.

Geeta Dutt and Guru Dutt family tree

The siblings are placed in order of their birth and their nick names if any are placed in brackets. In all they were eight siblings, five brothers and three sisters.

The sister Lokkhi was attributed as Laxmi Roy in her song in Sailaab which we are looking for and was married to film maker Pramod Chakravarthy. She is alive and is based in Mumbai.

Haimanti ji also told that the eldest surviving sibling Mukul Roy is ill. We wish Mukulda a speedy recovery.

She also told that Geeta ji’s brother Pavitra (Bishu) was a tabla player and was the one who used to normally accompany Geeta ji in functions. He worked for Air India. He was the first of the siblings to pass away. The two eldermost brothers are also no more.

She also told that Milan Roy Chaudhary the youngest brother lives in USA (Kansas) and was sent to the USA by Geeta ji only.

The youngest sister Amrita lives in Nasik like Mukulda.

Heartiest thanks to Amrita ji for all the information and Haimanti ji for conveying it to us!

Update

Thanks to Tapati Dutta and Sounak Gupta, we now have a version of the family tree with photos for your viewing pleasure:-

Family Tree of Geeta ji

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8 Responses to “Family Tree of Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) and Guru Dutt”

  1. Harendra Babla says:

    Good Work,
    Thanks for having it on web, never knew so much about Geetaji.
    May God Rest Her Soul in Peace and all others from the Great Indian Film Industry who have passed.

  2. Guru Dutt was producing “Sheesha-e-Dil” with himself, Mala Sinha and Amrita (Sister of Geeta Dutt) which remains unfinished due to untimely death of Guru Dutt in 1964!

  3. parag says:

    Hi Qaseem bhai, thanks for the information. I was not aware about this.

  4. […] Born into a rich zamindar’s family as Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri in Faridpur, East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1930, Geeta Dutt stumbled into a singing career quite by chance when composer/music director Hanuman Prasad overheard her singing at her modest Dadar apartment where her parents had settled after moving to Bombay. Just a couple of lines in Bhakta Prahlad (1946) marked her debut followed by a few more music assignments through the year. Her mother Amiya Roy Chowdhury was a lyricist-poet herself and her brother Mukul Roy a composer and producer (Geeta Dutt’s family tree). […]

  5. […] This song became not only a landmark in Geeta Roy’s music career but also in her personal life as she met the then struggling Guru Dutt during its recording, who fell in love with her beauty and voice at the first sight. Even though Guru Dutt Shivshankar Padukone was originally from Mangalore, his upbringing in Calcutta had made him and his family comfortable and fluent with the Bengali language and culture. “This language kinship and the naturally congenial Geetaji’s mannerisms and humility, despite her fame and fortune, drew her closer to Guru’s family.” (source: Geetadutt.com) Geeta Roy and Guru Dutt tied the knot in May 1953 and the celebrated singer officially became Geeta Dutt. Music was always an integral part of her upbringing as Geeta Roy’s mother Amiya Roy Chowdhury was a lyricist-poet herself and her brother Mukul Roy a composer and producer (Geeta Dutt’s family tree). […]

  6. Sumana says:

    Great work for us geeta dutt will remain a singing icon

  7. Biswaroop Ghosh says:

    Very good information. But who is Kanu Roy who has been also mentioned as Greta ji’s brother and has given music in NYsome films? Is he mentioned by some other name above?

  8. Gajendra Khanna says:

    Kanu Roy who composed for movies Uski Kahani, Anubhav, Avishkaar, Tumhara Kallu etc was not a brother of Geeta ji. He is erroneously called as her brother in some places. The above family tree clears this misconception.
    It was also specifically confirmed by family members that they are not related.

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