Fall of a big star

Culture Desk

7 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Fall of a big star

The country has lost one of the most popular singers with the demise of Andrew Koshore.  A pall of gloom descended on the cultural arena following the death of legendary singer.

Andrew Koshore, who made great contributions to Bangla music, and won the hearts of millions over the years, passed away on Monday.

The demise of the singer is an irreparable loss to the country. His early departure has immensely grieved the country.

 Eminent cultural personalities of the country, including film directors, producers, lyricists, screenwriters, mourn the death of the great singer.

Music director Gazi Mazharul Anwar, singers Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin, Kumar Bishwajit, Tapan Chowdhury, Fuad Naser Babu, yricist Kabir Bakul, composer and music director Alam Khan among the frontliners who expressed deep shock at the death of  Andrew Kishore.

Besides, his well-wishers, co-workers, fans and people from all walks of life paid tributes to the singer.

Andrew Kishore was a playback singer of the country. He 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, Kishore came to Dhaka to participate in a talent hunt project initiated by Shahidul Islam, the then director of Transcription Service of Bangladesh Betar.

Andrew Kishore’s 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.

 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.


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