Fakir Alamgir no more

July 24, 2021

Legendary singer and freedom fighter Fakir Alamgir passed away at 10:56pm on Friday in the capital’s United Hospital. He had been suffering from Covid-19, and was 71 years old at the time of passing. He had also suffered from a heart attack at around 10:00pm while in ventilation at the Covid unit.
Fakir Alamgir was one of the leading exponents of Gono Sangeet — the songs of the masses — in the country. Synonymous with voicing out for the rights of the voiceless – the perceived weak, the workers and the voiceless, he was one of the most beloved artistes of his generation.
Born in Faridpur, Fakir Alamgir started his music career in 1966. During his student life, he was active in politics, while also writing Gono Sangeet to instill a sense of justice among the masses. He was a student of Mass Communication and Journalism in Dhaka University.
He played an important role as a member of Kranti Shilpi Gosthi and Gono Shilpi Gosthi, during the mass upsurge in 1969. The legendary singer worked with Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War.
After the announcement of victory on December 16, the singer sang “Bijoy Nishan Urchey Oi” with his fellow artist, weeping tears of joy.
Post-war, created an amalgamation of earthy tones and western influences to make unique creations, which reached out to the masses.
Alamgir had played a pivotal role influencing the sound of modern Bangladeshi music, alongside Ferdous Wahid, Azam Khan, Pilu Momtaz and others by combining indigenous tunes with western music.
Throughout his illustrious career, he sang songs like “O Sokhina Gesos Kina”, “Shantahar”, “Nelson Mandela”, “Naam Tar Chhilo John Henry”, “Banglar Comrade Bondhu”, among countless other hits, which resonated in the hearts of all listeners.
“O Sokina Gesos Kina” is considered his seminal work, being on the lips of every other Bangladeshi after it aired in BTV’s Anandamela in 1982.
Even though he is no more, he has left behind his legacy in the very existence of Bangladesh, alongside courageous freedom fighters with whom he selflessly served the country with.

-With The Daily Star input

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