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Legendary folk musician ‘Fakir Alamgir’ dies

July 24, 2021 1:18 am
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He breathed his last at 10:57 pm on Friday (Innalillahi was Inna ilahi rajiun). He was 61 years old at the time of his death. The news of Fakir Alamgir’s death was confirmed by his son Mashuk Alamgir Rajib.

At around 11 pm, Mashuk said, Fakir Alamgir, who was on life support, had a heart attack just before 10 pm. From then on, his condition started getting worse. Doctors tried their best, but all attempts failed, and he breathed his last at 10:56 pm.

Fakir Alamgir has been undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital in the capital since July 15 after contracting corona. He was taken to life support on July 19 after his condition deteriorated.

After independence, 71-year-old artist Fakir Alamgir played a role in developing Bengali pop music by combining indigenous tunes with western music. In his long career, several songs in his voice became very popular. Among them was Sakina, whose name was John Henry, and some other pieces.

Fakir Alamgir was an active member of the student union in 1986. He has been seen many times in various movements on the streets. He has been associated with mass music since the sixties. He joined the mass uprising of 1969 as a member of Kranti Shilpi Gosthi and Gana Shilpi Gosthi. Then when the war of liberation started in 1971, he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He is known as the vocalist of 1971.

After independence, the artist played a role in developing Bengali pop music by combining indigenous tunes with western music. The government awarded the Ekushey Padak to Fakir Alamgir in 1999 for his significant contribution to music.

After graduating from Jagannath College, Fakir Alamgir graduated from Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University. He has published several books, including ‘Memories of the Liberation War and Songs of Victory,’ ‘Past and Present of Mass Music,’ ‘My Words,’ ‘Those Who Have Hearts.’

Leaders and activists of various artists’ groups, politicians, and social organizations have expressed deep grief over the death of legendary mass musician Fakir Alamgir. “Read More Bangla News

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