Veteran singer-composer and freedom fighter Anup Bhattacharya died while undergoing treatment at Asgar Ali Hospital in the capital on Thursday night. He was 77.
General secretary of Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad Bishwajit Roy confirmed the matter to New Age.
‘Anup Bhattacharya died while undergoing treatment at Asgar Ali Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at 8:00pm on Thursday. He was suffering from lung problems, diabetics and high blood pressure. He was admitted to the hospital three days ago,’ Bishwajit Roy told New Age.
Bhattacharya, an artiste of the defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, is survived by two daughters.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, culture affairs ministry, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad and others expressed condolences to the bereaved family members of Anup Bhattacharya.
Anup Bhattacharya was born on July 14, 1944 in Sylhet. He began his music career in 1963 as a singer at the then Rajshahi station of Radio Pakistan.
He worked as a composer and music director at the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the War of Independence. He lent his voice to almost all the chorus songs produced and broadcast by Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the war including Teer Hara Ei Dheu-er Sagor, Rakta Diye Naam Likhhechhi, Purba Digante, Nongor Tolo Tolo and others.
Bhattacharya had composed a few hundred songs including Baishakhi Megher Kachhe Jol Cheye, Suk Pakhire Pinjira Tor, Ekattarer Juddher Dine, Pakhi Jane Na Keno Kande, Lalon Tomar Aarshinagar and others.
His body was taken to Gopibag Sri Sri Bholananda Giri Ashram at 3:00pm on Friday where he was given guard of honour. His body was cremated at Rajarbag Cremation Ground at 5:00pm.
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