Vol. 5 Num 440 Sun. August 21, 2005  

Anwar Parvez in critical condition

Veteran music composer Anwar Parvez is suffering from prostate cancer and is now in a critical condition. He has survived two heart attacks. The doctors emphasise the necessity of an immediate treatment of his heart and prostate gland to keep him alive. A sum of Taka 10 lakh is needed for his treatment in Bangkok. However, his family's financial resources are strained after providing for his medical expenses over the last two years.

A distraught Jasmine Parvez, Anwar's wife, says, "Despite reaching out to the public through the media, we didn't get enough response from the people involved in the cultural field. If Anwar had been paid his due, we would not have been in such dire straits."

Anwar is a well known personality. He composed Joi Bangla Banglar Joi, which was the opening and closing song of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War. The timeless song inspired millions, including the freedom fighters. He has also composed about 2,000 songs and worked as a music director in about 200 feature films.

Some of his memorable songs are Ekbar jetey de na, Amai jodi proshno koro, Ektara tui desher kotha bolr, Shey jey keno elo na and many more. Despite his immense contribution to our music, he has always been low profile. Furthermore, no national awards or plaques have come his way.

To save this talented musician, interested individuals are requested to donate for his treatment. Contact: Jasmine Parvez, Bank Account 2944, Janata Bank, Purana Paltan, Dhaka.

Anwar Parvez at The Daily Star office last year