Vol. 5 Num 703 Mon. May 22, 2006  

Fakir Alamgir's four decades in music

Fakir Alamgir an exponent of Gono Sangeet (songs of the masses) celebrated his 40th year in music at the TSC auditorium, recently. Minutes before the show the auditorium was overflowing with fans.

Organised by Wrishiz Shilpi Ghoshthi, the programme was dedicated to eminent educationist, writer and singer late Professor Husna Banu Khanam.

The chief guest of the event was Dr M A Asaduzzaman, chairperson, Bangladesh University Grant's Commission. The special guests were Dr AFM Yusuf Haider, pro-vc Dhaka University, renowned fashion designer, Bibi Russell and Golam Kuddus, general secretary of Sammilito Sanskritik Jote.

As a tribute to Husna Banu, Fakir Alamgir first performed a Tagore song, Amar shokol dukher prodeep. He then performed his widely popular songs such as Ontore kandego amar gaan, Ma-er akdher dudher dam and Kalo kalo manusher deshey.

Alamgir stepped in to the music arena in 1966. During the mass upsurge of 1969, he became a popular singer of the common people. During the Liberation War he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

Alamgir has rendered songs in Bangladesh and overseas and received many prestigious awards such as Ekushey Padak, Bhashani Padak and Sequence Award of Honour.

Alamgir wrapped up the show with his evergreen song, Iskul khuila se re moula. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Fakir Alamgir performs at the programme. PHOTO: STAR