After the death of folk icon Bari Siddiqui on November 24, 2017, the country has lost another singer Shammi Akhtar on Tuesday evening.
A pall of gloom has descended upon the cultural arena of Bangladesh at the demise of eminent singer Shammi Akhtar.Sahmmi Akhter, the singer who made tremendous contributions to Bangla song, and won the hearts of millions over the years, passed away on Tuesday.
The demise of Shammi Akhtar is an irreparable loss to the country. Her early departure has immensely grieved the country.
Shammi Akhtar was one of the most gifted singer to have ever come in the Bangla music arena, with many remarkable songs that have touched the hearts of millions over the years.
The singer, who was suffering from cancer since last six years, made her debut in the playback with the film ‘Oshikkhito’ directed by Azizur Rahman. Written by Gazi Mazharul Anwar and music composition and direction from Satya Saha, two of her songs in this film—’Jemon Achi Temon Robo Bou Hobonare’ and ‘Dhaka Shohor Aisa Amar Asha Puraichhe’ helped her to gain huge popularity, and following the success of the playback songs, Shammi Akhter lent her vocal to more than three hundred songs in the films.
Shammi Akhtar got her first training in music from Ustad Goura Babu of Barisal. Later she received training from many others.
She does not only sing modern and patriotic songs, she has also been recognised and awarded for her playback. She won National Film Award for her playback in the film ‘Bhalobashlei Ghor Bandha Jay Na’.Her notable songs are- “Dhaka Shohor Aisa Amar” - Film: Oshikkhito (1980). “Ami Tomar Bodhu, Chithi Asbe Jani Asbe” – Film: Aradhona (1979), “Lekhapora Korle” – Film: Kalmilata (1981), “Khelibo Premer Pasha”, “Nao Go Amare Kache Deke Nao”, “Bodhu Jedin Hoite” – Film: Biroho Byatha (1989), “Tumi Amar Bondhu” – Film: Padma Meghna Jamuna (1991), “Bhalobaslei Ghor Bandha Jay Na” – Film: Bhalobaslei Ghor Bandha Jay Na (2010) and more.
Shammi Akhtar received many prestigious award such as National Film Award in the year 2010 for her song in the film ‘Bhalobaslei Ghor Badha Jay Na’ directed by Jakir Hossain Raju. For her special contribution to the country’s music arena she 12th ‘Channel i Music Award’.