I used to sing Rabindra Sangeet

Khurshid Alam tells New Age

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:35, Mar 16,2017

Md Khurshid Alam

Md Khurshid Alam

Famous playback singer Md Khurshid Alam said he took training on Rabindra Sangeet and used to render the music genre at the initial stage of his career in 1960s.

He said he gave up singing Rabindra Sangeet in 1965 when the then Pakistani dictator Ayub Khan imposed a ban on rendering songs composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

‘I took training on Rabindra Sangeet at Dhaka Shilpy Sangha in Chankharpul. When I was a class eight student, I participated at the then East Pakistan music contest in Tagore song category and secured the top position in the contest held in 1962. I also stood first participating at the contest on the following year in contemporary segment,’ Khurshid Alam told New Age.

‘I continued singing Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary songs simultaneously till 1965 and then focused only on contemporary songs when a ban on Rabindra Sangeet was imposed by Ayub Khan,’ Khurshid Alam said.   

He said he was enlisted as a contemporary song singer with the then Pakistan Radio in 1966. In 69, he started his career as a playback singer through Bandi Pakhir Moto Monta Kande in the film Agontok.

‘At the initial stage of my career as a playback singer, I took training from the eminent musician Samar Das. It was a turning point of my career as a singer,’ Khurshid Alam said.

In his singing career spanning over ix decades, Khurshid has lent voice in more than 400 playbacks, including some super hit numbers such as Churi Korechho Amar Monta, Mago Ma Ogo Ma, Jodi Bou Sajogo, Chumki Choleche Eka Pothe and Nach Amar Moyna.

Khurshid Alam said he did not sing playbacks in contemporary films as the quality of music genre has fallen down.

‘Quality of songs has deteriorated over the years. I don’t enjoy rendering contemporary songs with poor lyrics and tunes,’ Khurshid said.     

‘Even the best singer cannot produce a good song if lyric and tune of the song are not good. Over commercialisation has destroyed contemporary music,’ he said.

He, however, performs on stage shows and renders his popular songs. ‘I am grateful to the people, who love my songs. Actually, the love form the fans inspire me to move forward,’ he said.

The singer hopes that the music industry of the country will revive soon.

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