The health condition of eminent singer Andrew Kishore, who has been suffering from cancer for a long time, has deteriorated further.
“Andrew Kishore is in a critical condition. His physical condition is very bad. He can’t speak. Please, pray for him,” his family physician told the media.
Andrew Kishore went to Singapore on September 9 last year and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system.
After receiving treatment in Singapore, he returned home on June 11. Now, he is undergoing treatment at his sister’s house in Rajshahi.
Andrew Kishore is now staying in Rajshahi after spending a week in Dhaka, his family members said.
Andrew Kishore is a legendary playback singer of the country. His notable songs include ‘Jiboner Golpo Achhe Baki Olpo’, ‘Dak Diyachhen Doyal Amare’, ‘Haire Manush Rongin Fanush’, ‘Amar Shara Deho Kheyo Go Mati’, ‘Amar Buker Moddhe Khane’, ‘Amar Babar Mukhe Prothom Jedin Shunechilam Gan’, ‘Bhengeche Pinjor Meleche Dana’, and ‘Shobai To Bhalobasha Chae’.
Kishore won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer eight times for the films Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo (1982), Surrender (1987), Khotipuron (1989), Padma Meghna Jamuna (1991), Kabul (1996), Aaj Gaye Holud (2000), Saajghor (2007) and Ki Jadu Korila (2008).
Born in Rajshahi, Andrew Kishore started taking music lessons at the age of six under Abdul Aziz Bachchu, the then chief music director of Rajshahi Betar.
After the 1971 Liberation War, he was enlisted in the radio in Nazrul, Tagore, modern, folk and patriotic songs categories.
In 1977, Andrew Kishore came to Dhaka to participate in a talent hunt initiated by Shahidul Islam, the then director of Transcription Service of Bangladesh Betar.
Andrew Kishore debuted in playback singing in the film Mail Train (1977) where he sang ‘Ochinpurer Rajkumari Nei Je Tar Keu’, composed by Saley Alam Khan.
Introduced by AHM Rafique, Kishore made his breakthrough by the song ‘Ek Chor Jay Choley’ from the film Protikkha, composed by Alam Khan.