Today marks the sixth death anniversary of pop legend Mahbubul Haque Khan, better known as Azam Khan, one of the pioneers of pop music in Bangladesh.
Marking the day, Azam Khan’s family will organize milad at residence of his daughter Ima Khan.
Born on February 28, 1950, Azam Khan is often referred with honour as the Pop Gugu (mentor of pop music). He rose to prominence in 1972 when he along with his peers founded Uchcharan, a pioneering band of the country and Azam Khan was the vocalist of the band.
His first stage performance was held at a programme in Notre Dame College in 1972, the same year which also marked his first concert broadcast on BTV.
By mid-1970s, Azam Khan became extremely popular all over the country for his unique style of musical performance as well as the songs, which closely identified with the cause of the nation still reeling from the pain, trauma and devastations of the war.
His songs spoke of the daily struggles of common people, their sorrows and happiness and their dreams, fulfilled or unfulfilled. He performed with such passion that it struck a chord with the masses. His style of presentation was unique but simple and straight, and would cast a long shadow over the musical practices of the subsequent years.
Some of his songs including Ore Saleka Ore Maleka, Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re, Ami Jare Chaire, Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi, Obhimani, Rail Liner Bostite, Hei Allah Hei Allah Re, and Alal O Dulal are still popular with the common people.
A valiant freedom fighter Azam Khan fought against the Pakistani occupation forces in the war of independence in 1971 under the command of Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf in Sector 2.
Khan died on June 5, 2011 at the Dhaka CMH hospital at 61. He was suffering from lung cancer.
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