Late eminent singer and freedom fighter Abdul Jabbar was remembered on his first death anniversary on Wednesday at a commemorative programme held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The programme featured a discussion and cultural show.
Abdul Jabbar, who was an artiste at the defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, inspired freedom fighters and mass people during the liberation war with his songs and helped raise funds for the government-in-exile in 1971, said speakers at the discussion.
Actor Syed Hasan Imam, poet Kazi Rosy, singer Khurshid Alam and Monwar Hossain recalled Abdul Jabbar at the programme, which was jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Magicians’ Federation of Bangladesh.
‘Abdul Jabbar was a phenomenal singer and his contribution to Bangla music will never be forgotten. His patriotic songs inspired us during the mass movement of the 1960s and liberation war’, said Syed Hasan Imam.
‘Abdul Jabbar was the man with the golden voice. His songs will continue to inspire us for the years to come’, said poet Kazi Rosy.
Following the discussion, singers presented popular songs recorded by Abdul Jabbar in solo and duet renditions.
Abida Rahman Setu began the cultural show singing Jabbar’s playback song Jiban adhare peyechhi tomare.
Jakir Hossain captivated the audience singing sad romantic song Tara bhora raatey tomar kotha and Ami to bandhu matal noi.
Mir Sharif Hasan Lelin rendered Jabbar’s hugely popular playback number O re neel doriya, while Himadri Roy presented another popular song Tumi ki dekhechho kabhu.
Singer Abdullah-hel-Rafi entertained the audience with three playback songs Pitch dhala ei pathtare, Bandhu tumi shatru tumi and Oi dur durante.
In duet, Rafi and Setu rendered Tumi saat sagorer opar hotey.
Singer Sardar Hirak Raja paid tribute to Jabbar singing his popular patriotic song Salam Salam hajar salam.
Abdul Jabbar was born on November 7, 1938 in Kushtia. From an early age, Jabbar took keen interest in music and his parents also encouraged him to take up music seriously.
Jabbar began taking lessons in music from local music teachers like Mohammad Osman, Moksed Ali Sai and Lutful Haque.
In 1958, Jabbar enlisted himself as a radio artiste. He soon attracted attention of eminent music director Robin Ghosh, who eventually roped Jabbar for singing playback songs.
Jabbar gained huge popularity singing playback songs. Jabbar, who started his playback singing career with Ehtesham’s film Natun Sur, sang playback songs for films like Sangam, Jiban Theke Newa, Alingan, Dwip Nive Jay, Nacher Putul, Apanpor, Etotuku Asha, Alor Michhil, Suryagrahan, Tufan, Sareng Bou and many others.
Among Jabbar’s most popular playback numbers are O re neel doriya and Tumi ki dekhechho kabhu.
Abdul Jabbar received Ekushey Padak in 1980 and Independence Day Award in 1996.
He passed away after suffering from kidney and heart diseases at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University last year.
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