Vol. 5 Num 3 Sun. May 30, 2004  
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Anjuman Ara passes away

Noted vocalist Anjuman Ara Begum died of pneumonia at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the city at 7:15am yesterday. She was 62.

She left behind her husband retired secretary Masud Alam Siddique, son Tariq Masrur, sub-editor of The Daily Star, daughter Umana Anjalin, lecturer of Asia-Pacific University, a host of relatives and admirers to mourn her death.

Her namaj-e-janaza was held at Masjid-e-Taqwa at Dhanmondi after Asr prayers yesterday. She was buried at Banani Graveyard.

Qulkhwani of Anjuman Ara will be held at her residence (Flat P-10, Road 9-A, Dhanmondi) on June 1 after Asr prayers.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed her deep shock at the death of Anjuman Ara.

In a message of condolence yesterday, Khaleda recalled with deep respect the contribution of Anjuman Ara to the cultural arena. The prime minister expressed her sympathy for the members of the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Anjuman Ara was born in a renowned family of Bogra on January 11, 1942. Her father Dr Kasiruddin Talukder was killed by the occupation army on May 29, 1971.

In an illustrious musical career spanning over 40 years, she lent her voice to numerous famous songs in radio, television, film and stage. 'Tumi Ashbe Boley', Akasher Hatey', 'Key Swaraner Prantore', 'Khokonshona', 'Chadni', 'Brishti Johon', 'Shathi Ronger', etc, are only a few of hundreds of her most popular songs that touched the hearts of people over the years.

Anjuman Ara represented Bangladesh in many cultural functions at home and abroad. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to music, she was honoured with "Ekushey Padak" in 2003.