Shujeo Shyam tests positive for COVID-19

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:15, May 31,2020


Shujeo Shyam

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste and three-time National Film Award winning music director Shujeo Shyam has been tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently being treated at Kurmitola General Hospital where he was admitted on Saturday.

Shyam was earlier admitted to Kurmitola General Hospital in the wee hours of Wednesday with fever but he was released in the afternoon of the very same day after doctors collected his samples for COVID-19 test. He was informed about the test result on Saturday afternoon and admitted to the hospital immediately.

‘The doctors collected my samples for COVID-19 test on Wednesday and released me from the hospital. They contacted me on Saturday afternoon and informed me that I tested positive for COVID-19. I was admitted to the hospital immediately. Though I don’t have major symptoms of COVID-19, I am feeling very weak and throwing up food right after eating,’ Shujeo Shyam told New Age over phone.

He urged his well-wishers and admirers to pray for him.

‘I am currently taking medication as prescribed by the doctors. I request my well-wishers and admirers to pray for my recovery,’ added Shyam.

Shujeo Shyam, along with others, went to Kalurghat in Chattogram right after March 25, 1971 and joined the transmission centre there which they later named Swadhin Bangla Biplabi Betar Kendra. After the area was heavily shelled by the Pakistani occupation forces on March 30, he went to Kolkata, India and joined the newly established Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in June.

Shyam sang and composed many inspirational songs including Aye re chashi mojur, Rokto diye naam likhechhi, Muktir ek-i path sangram and others during the tumultuous days of the liberation war.

He won National Film Award for Best Music Director for the films ‘Hason Raja’ (2002), ‘Joyjatra’ (2004) and ‘Obujh Bou’ (2010). He also received Shilpakala Padak in 2015.

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