Kanika Bandyopadhyay , popularly known by the nickname Mohor di, was called “Nightingale of Rabindrasangeet.
Kanika was married to Birendra Chandra Bandypadhyay, former deputy librarian of Viswa Bharati University, in 1945 and a renowned poet. Kanika led the simple life of an ashramite in Santiniketan.
Kanika is also referred to as Ashram Kanya or ‘girl of the Ashram’ as she was trained in Santiniketan. She was fortunate to take music lessons from none other than Rabindranath Tagore. It was Tagore who christened her Kanika (her original name being Anima)
Her gramophone records came out even in the lifetime of the Poet (Tagore) and there are over 300 gramophone discs to her credit.