Vol. 5 Num 437 Thu. August 18, 2005  

Subal Das is no more

Prominent composer and music director Subal Das passed away on August 16 at the Lifeline Hospital in Kolkata. He was 77. He was suffering from cancer.

Das dominated our music arena during the '50s and '60s. Born in Brahmanbaria on December 26, 1928, he stepped into the world of music through receiving tutelage in sitar from Ustad Israel Khan, nephew of legendary musician Ustad Alauddin Khan. He also trained under Ustad Ayet Ali Khan and Ustad Khadim Hossain Khan.

He was the music director of the first film developed in FDC, Akash aar Mati. He had directed music for about 300 films including Swaralipi, Darpachurna, Anirban, Tansen, Jog Biyog, Grihalakshmi, Bhalo Manush, Alo Tumi Aleya. He was also the music director of popular Urdu films Pyaasa, Kaajal and Preet Na Janey Reet.

Das started working for the radio in 1963. He joined TV as a music composer and director in 1967. He had a knack for sports as well. Between 1948 and 1956, he played football for Dhaka Azad Sporting Club.

Among his memorable compositions, Gaan-eri khatae swaralipi likhey, Tumi jey amar kobita, Ek ontobiheen swapno chhilo and Bhalobashar swapney ghera are still equally popular among artistes and masses.

His death marks the end of an era in Bangla music.