Vol. 5 Num 268 Sun. February 27, 2005  
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Music legend Abdul Latif passes away

Music legend and Language Movement veteran Abdul Latif died of old age complications at Suhrawardy Hospital yesterday. He was 78.

Abdul Latif, who was suffering from asthmatic problem for a long time, had severe respiratory problems last night and was first given treatment at home, family sources said.

As his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Suhrawardy Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

He left behind his wife, two sons, two daughters and a number of disciples, well-wishers and admirers to mourn his death.

His body, now preserved at the Birdem Hospital, will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 11am tomorrow for his innumerable admirers, disciples and well-wishers to pay their last respect.

His namaj-e-janaza will be held on the Dhaka University campus after Johr prayer tomorrow and he will be laid to eternal rest at the Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in Mirpur.

Born at Rai Pasha village in Barisal Sadar in 1927, Latif was a government officer in various capacities from 1974 to 1993 and worked as deputy director (music) of the mass communication department under information ministry.

During his long career, the great folk maestro contributed a lot in promoting music and other cultural activities in the country.

He actively participated in the1952 Language Movement and inspired it through his writings and patriotic songs.

He was the first composer of the Amar Ekushey song, "Amaar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February...."

His songs also acted as inspiration to the freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971.

Abdul Latif achieved many awards from the government and scores of socio-cultural organisations as a mark of recognition to his invaluable contribution in the field of music and cultural arena as a whole.

He got Ekushey Padak in 1979 and Swadhinata Dibash Padak in 2002.

He was also a fellow of Bangla Academy.