Noted lyricist, composer and music director Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul died of cardiac arrest on early Tuesday. He was 63.
Family sources said Bulbul, also a freedom fighter, suffered a heart attack at his residence at Aftabnagar in the capital in the early morning.He was taken to Universal Medical College Hospital around 6:15am when doctors declared him dead after tests, said Dr Ashis Kumar Chakraborty, managing director of the hospital.
“He (Imtiaz) died before his family members took him to the hospital,” he added.
Bulbul, a winner of Ekushey Padak, went through a surgery for artery blockage at the National Heart Institute in the capital last year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina bore his treatment cost, his family said.
Imtiaz’s body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar around 11:00am today to pay him respects.
A namaj-e-janaza for the famous lyricist will be held at the Central Mosque of Dhaka University after Zohr prayers today. The freedom fighter will be given a guard of honour there.
After Asr prayers, Imtiaz will be buried at Intellectual Martyrs Graveyard in Mirpur, said his son Samir Ahmed.Imtiaz Bulbul was born in Dhaka on January 1, 1956 and joined the Liberation War in 1971 at the age of 15.
He started creating music for the cinema and worked as a music director for 1978 film Megh Bizli Badal. He dedicated his life to practising music.
Some popular songs composed by Imtiaz Bulbul are Shob kota janala, Shundar shubarno tarunyo labonyo, Uttar dakkhin purbo poshchim, O amar aat koti phul and O majhi nao chhaira de.
He was accorded prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2010 and national film awards twice in 2001 and 2005 for his outstanding contribution to the field of music. He also got the President Award.
Imtiaz testified against convicted war criminal and former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam in the ICT. Imtiaz’s younger brother was killed by miscreants following his testification as a witness.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and state minister for culture affairs KM Khalid expressed profound shock at the death of Imtiaz Bulbul.
Besides, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and many cultural, political and business organisations expressed deep sorrow at the demise of Imtiaz Bulbul.
In separate condolence messages, the president and the prime minister prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathies to the bereaved family members.
In another message of condolence, the Speaker said, “Bangladesh has lost a bright star.”
“Imtiaz’s death is an irreparable loss in the country’s music and film industries,” KM Khalid said in a message.