The 87th anniversary of birth of legendary folk singer Abdul Alim will be celebrated today.
Different television channels will broadcast special shows on the occasion of Abdul Alim’s birthday. Private television channels Channel-i, Desh TV and Asian TV will air special music shows where Abdul Alim’s sons Ajgar Alim and Zahir Alim and daughter Nurjahan Alim will render their father’s popular songs.
Channel-i will telecast a music show titled ‘Gaaney Gaaney Sokal Shuru’ at 7:40am and Desh TV will telecast music show titled ‘Priyajoner Gaan’ at 3:30pm.
‘We will render Abdul Alim’s popular songs at the programmes and speak about his contributions to Bangla folk music’, said Zahir Alim.
Abdul Alim Foundation, which promotes the singer’s legacy by organising events, has not organised any programmes marking Alim’s birth anniversary.
‘We won't be organising any programmes marking Abdul Alim’s birth anniversary this year due to unavoidable reasons’, said Zahir Alim, president of Abdul Alim Foundation.
The foundation, however, is working to collect and promote Abdul Alim’s songs. ‘We have been trying to collect all the songs of Abdul Alim. We are trying to contact Pakistan Television and Pakistan Radio to get copies of around 200 songs rendered by him’, informed Zahir Alim.
Abdul Alim was born on July 27, 1931 in the village of Talibpur in Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Alim did not have much of a formal education. While at elementary school he heard a gramophone record and became attracted to music. He began taking music lessons from a local instructor, Syed Golam Ali, and earned reputation as a singer in his locality in his teens.
Later, he went to Kolkata and became acquainted with folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed and poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
In Kolkata, Alim took lessons in folk music as well as classical music from Bedaruddin Ahmad, Ustad Mohammad Hossain Khasru, Momtaz Ali Khan, Abdul Latif, Kanailal Shil, Abdul Halim Chowdhury and others.
His first two recorded songs are ‘Tor Mostafake De Na Mago’ and ‘Aftab Ai Baslo Pate’. After 1948, Abdul Alim settled in Dhaka.
In Dhaka, he enrolled as a radio and television singer. He also lent his voice to many popular playback numbers.
Abdul Alim received a number of awards in his lifetime. He was posthumously awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1977 and Independence Day Award in 1997.
He died on September 5, 1974 in Dhaka.
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