The 44th anniversary of death of legendary singer Abdul Alim will be observed today.
Marking the day, the state run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and private television channel Channel-i will air special programmes.
Bangladesh Television will air a documentary on life and works of the iconic traditional singer Abdul Alim and broadcast recorded songs by the singer. Bangladesh Betar will also air Abdul Alim’s songs from its archive.
Alim’s sons Ajgar Alim and Zahir Alim and daughter Nurjahan Alim will present different traditional songs like bhatiali, murshidi and marfati popularised by the demised singer at Gaane Gaane Sokal Shuru on Channel-i at 7:40am this morning.
‘We will render songs such as Haludiya pakhi, Porer jayga porer jomi, Naiyare and others at the programmes and speak about his contributions to Bangla folk music’, said Zahir Alim.
Matir Sur will organise a commemorative programme this evening at Shilpakala Academy.
Abdul Alim was born on July 27, 1931 in the village of Talibpur in Murshidabad, West Bengal in India.
While at elementary school, he heard a gramophone record and became attracted to music. He began taking music lessons from a local singer Syed Golam Ali and earned reputation as a singer in his locality in his teens.
Later, he went to Kolkata and became acquainted with the legendary singer Abbasuddin Ahmed and national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
In Kolkata, Alim took lessons in traditional 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 were ‘Tor mostafake de na mago’ and ‘Aftab ai baslo pate’.
In 1948, Abdul Alim settled in Dhaka and enrolled as a singer with the radio and television. He also lent his voice to many popular playback songs. 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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