Folk maestro Abdul Alim’s 44th death anniversary today

Culture Desk

5 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Folk maestro Abdul Alim’s 44th death anniversary today

Legendary folk singer Abdul Alim’s 44th death anniversary will be observed in a befitting manner today.

The day’s programme will start with placing wreaths at his tomb. Members of Abdul Alim Foundation will place wreaths at his tomb and offer prayers early in the day.

They will also hold a milad in the evening.

Different cultural organisations of the country will chalk out various programmes in memory of the legendary singer.

Besides, various satellite television channels and radio stations of Bangladesh will air an array of quality programmes to pay tribute to the maestro.

Abdul Alim was born at Talibpur village in Murshidabad of West Bengal in Indian on July 27 in 1931.

Alim migrated from Murshidabad to Dhaka after the partition of India in 1947, and joined the Dhaka Radio Station as a staff artiste. By the age of 14, he had recorded two songs. In Dhaka, he took lessons from Mumtaz Ali Khan and Mohammed Hossain Khosru.

He got his breakthrough while performing songs at the Alia Madrasah in Kolkata. He was awarded five gold medals for his performances and contributions to music at the All Pakistan music conference in Lahore.

Alim recorded over 300 Gramophone records. He sang playbacks in over 100 films. He recorded songs for Mukh O Mukhosh, the first film to be produced in the erstwhile East Pakistan.

He died on September 5 in 1974 at the then PG Hospital (now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital).

He won posthumous Swadhinata Padak and posthumous Ekuskey Padak in 1997 and 1977 respectively for his outstanding contribution to the folk song.