Six to receive Bashir Ahmed Award

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 12,2019


Bashir Ahmed

Six eminent personalities will receive Bashir Ahmed Award for their contributions in their respective fields.

The award, named after the late prominent singer, has been introduced by Humaira Bashir and Raja Bashir, children of Bashir Ahmed.

This year eminent singer Ferdousi Rahman, composer Seikh Sadi Khan, lyricist Shahidullah Farazi, head of programmes department of NTV Mustafa Kamal Syed, journalist Nasir Ahmed and instrumentalist Chandan Dutta will be honoured with the award.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on November 17 at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Sound recording studio Sargam Sound Station, which was founded by Bashir Ahmed, will organise the programme.

‘We introduced the award this year in memory of our father Bashir Ahmed. He was a worshiper of music. We will honour individuals who have made significant contribution to the music scene,’ said Humaira Bashir.

The awards ceremony will include a discussion session on Bashir Ahmed where eminent singers and music composers like Khurshid Alam, Gazi Mazharul Anwer and Azad Rahaman will be present.

Director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky will also attend the ceremony.

Besides, different artistes will render songs composed and recorded by Bashir Ahmed at the show.

Bashir Ahmed was born in Kolkata, West Bengal of India in 1939. He was a student of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

Indian playback singer Talat Mahmood and Bashir Ahmed were invited to perform in East Pakistan in ‘60s. Talat Mahmood returned back to India but Ahmed stayed.

Bashir Ahmed started his career as a playback singer in Pakistan film industry. Famous Urdu language songs like Kuch apni kahiye kuch meri suniye, Rickshawalla matwala, Tum bhi haseen dil bhi jawan, Ja dekha pyar tera and others were recorded by Ahmed.

Later he sang hit Bangla songs like Amake porate jodi eto lage bhalo, Jare jabi jodi ja, Onek sadher moyna amar, Amar khatar proti patay and others.

He received National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the film Kokhono Megh Kokhono Bristi in 2003. Bashir Ahmed was also awarded Ekushey Padak in 2005.

He died at his residence in Mohammadpur in Dhaka on April 19, 2014.

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