Today marks the 68th birth anniversary of Mahbubul Haque Khan, popularly known as Azam Khan, a pioneer of pop music in Bangladesh.
Marking the day, Azam Khan’s family will organise milad at residence of his daughter Ima Khan.
Born on February 28, 1950 in Dhaka, Azam Khan (1950-2011) is often referred with honour as the Pop Gugu (mentor of pop music). He was also a valiant freedom fighter.
He was the member of ‘Kranti Group of Singers’ in 1960s. He joined the liberation war under sector-2 and took part in various guerilla operations in Dhaka. The most significant operation led by him was ‘Operation Titas’, which disconnected the gas supply line in Dhaka.
After the war, he along with his friends formed a pop music band called ‘Uchcharan’. He set off a unique style incorporating western music with the local music trend. Azam Khan was the vocalist of the band.
His first stage performance was held at Notre Dame College in 1972. He also performed on BTV in the same year.
By mid-1970s, Azam Khan became extremely popular all over the country for his unique style of musical performance.
His songs spoke of the daily struggles of common people, their sorrows and happiness and their dreams, fulfilled or unfulfilled.
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 very popular.
He had 17 albums. Duet and mixed album are more than 25 to his credit. Besides, he rendered playbacks for many films and also acted in Hiramon (1986) and Godfather (2003).
Azam Khan was honoured with the Best Pop Singer Award (1993), Television Audience Award (2002), Life Time Achievement Award with Coca-Cola Gold Bottle, Award of Council of Urban Guerilla, Dhaka 71 and Freedom Fighter Award from Radio Today.
Azam Khan died on June 5, 2011 at the Dhaka CMH hospital at 61. He was suffering from lung cancer.
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