Today is the first death anniversary of late Ekushey Padak winning eminent Nazrul Sangeet singer Khalid Hossain, who passed away while undergoing treatment at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases at the age of 84 in 2019.
This correspondent spoke to renowned Nazrul singers, namely Khairul Anam Shakil, Fatema Tuz Zohra and Yasmin Mustari, who shared their memories of Khalid Hossain and spoke on his contribution in popularising Nazrul songs.
Khairul Anam Shakil said, ‘I worked with him at Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangastha where he was the president and I was the general secretary. I am still holding the post of the organisation and we all miss him dearly.’
‘He tirelessly worked for promoting Nazrul’s songs. He urged all to follow original musical notations. Though he started his career with modern songs, he worked for spreading Nazrul songs till his last breath,’ Shakil added.
Fatema Tuz Zohra uttered, ‘Khalid bhai was like an elder brother to me. I had known him for 40 years. We often visited him in his home. He was not only an acclaimed Nazrul sangeet singer and teacher but also an actor and recitation artiste. I learned a lot from him.’
‘He was always there for me when I needed him. I learned the pronunciations of Arabic and Persian words in Nazurl’s songs from him. We all miss him. He had all the virtues of a good human being. He will live on through his works,’ added Zohra.
Yasmin Mustari pointed out, ‘He was a devoted Nazrul artiste who spent his whole life teaching Nazrul songs. Though he could have pursued any career path, he decided to stick by Nazrul songs. He also sang many Islamic songs in his lifetime.’
‘I consider myself very fortunate because I became judge in many competitions alongside him. He was a well behaved person and like a father to me. I always found him beside me when I needed his help. He taught me a lot about Nazrul songs. I urge the younger generation to follow in his footsteps,’ Mustari added.
Khalid Hossain was born in 1935 in West Bengal, India. He along with his family moved to Kushtia’s Courtpara after the partition of India in 1947.
He released 18 albums of Nazrul and Islamic songs in his lifetime, which drew considerable interest among the public and critics.
Besides rendering Nazrul songs, he worked on recording Nazrul songs following original musical notations for over six decades.
He also worked as a teacher and examiner of Nazrul Sangeet at National University, Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University and many other music institutes.
Besides Ekushey Padak, he received many prestigious awards namely Nazrul Academy Award, Shilpakala Academy Padak and Churulia Padak from Kolkata in India.
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