The 81st birth anniversary of late renowned singer Abdul Jabbar, best known for his patriotic songs, will be observed today.
Marking the day, family members of Jabbar will hold a special milad mahfil at his residence in Dhanmondi.
‘We will arrange a milad mahfil to pray for his department soul. I urge all to pray for him,’ Babu Jabbar, son of Abdul Jabbar, told New Age.
‘Abdul Jabbar inspired people of our country during the liberation war with his songs. TV channels should telecast his songs during his birth and death anniversaries,’ said Jabbar’s widow Halima Jabbar.
Jabbar, born on February 10, 1938, took keen interest in music from an early age. He took music lessons under local music teachers like Mohammad Osman, Moksed Ali Sai and Lutful Haque.
Jabbar enlisted himself as a radio artiste in 1958. His singing attracted eminent music director Robin Ghosh, who eventually roped Jabbar in for playback numbers.
Jabbar sang for films like Natun Sur, Sangam, Jiban Theke Newa, Alingan, Dwip Nive Jay, Nacher Putul, Apanpor, Etotuku Asha and others.
Among Jabbar’s most popular playback numbers are Ore Nil Dariya and Tumi Ki Dekhechha Kabhu.
Jabbar became a household name through the songs that he rendered during the liberation war at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. Salam Salam Hajar Salam and Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Ke are two of the songs that were immensely popular during the liberation war.
Abdul Jabbar received Ekushey Padak in 1980 and Independence Award in 1996.
He died on August 30, 2017.
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