Shammi Akhtar remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:51, Feb 07,2018

Shammi Akhter

Poet Asad Chowdhury speaks at a commemorative programme on Shammi Akhter held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. — Snigdha Zaman

National Film Award-winning singer Shammi Akhtar was recalled at a commemorative programme held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.

Shammi Akhtar’s peers and well-wishers spoke on life and works of the late singer at the programme organised by Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Somonnoy Parishad.

General secretary of BSSSP Bishwajit Roy delivered the welcome speech at the programme, which was presided over by Rabindra Sangeet singer Tapan Mahmud.

Shammi Akhtar’s husband Akramul Islam, poet Asad Chowdhury, director general of Bangladesh Betar Narayan Chandra Shil, noted lyricist Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, noted composer and music director Sheikh Sadi Khan, folk singer Inra Mohon Rajbangshi and composer Milton Khandokar, among others, were present the event.

‘Shammi Akhtar was a gifted singer. We have to make sure that her songs are rendered by young generation,’ said Mohammad Rafiquzzaman who also shared his memories of the late singer.

Akramul Islam thanked noted singer Runa Laila, actor Alamgir, Faridur Reza Sagar and others who have provided financial assistance for treatment of Shammi Akhtar, who had been suffering from breast cancer for the past five years and breathed her last on way to hospital on January 16, 2018.

Shammi, mostly known for her playback numbers, began her career with Azizur Rahman’s 1978 film ‘Oshikkhito’. Two of her songs- Ami Jemon Achhi Temon Robo and Dhaka Shohor Aisha Amar- earned her instant recognition. Before becoming a playback singer she sang Nazrul and folk song on radio.

During her lifetime, Shammi Akhtar sang over 300 playback songs including many fan favourites like Mone Boro Asha Chhilo, Bidesh Giya Bondhu, Chithi Dio Pratidin and others.

Shammi won the National Film Award (playback female) for her rendition of Bhalobashlei Sobar Sathe Ghar Bandha Jay Na in Jakir Hossain Raju’s 2010 film titled ‘Bhalobaslei Ghar Bandha Jay Na’. She also received the Channel i lifetime achievement award among others.

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