Folk maestro Abdul Alim’s 89th birth anniv today

Culture Desk

27 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Folk maestro Abdul Alim’s 89th birth anniv today

Today is the 89th birth anniversary of legendary folk singer Abdul Alim. To mark the day, the family of folk maestro and different cultural organisations have chalk out elaborate porgramme. 

 The day’s programme will start with placing wreaths at his grave at Banani in the capital. Members of Abdul Alim Foundation will place wreaths at his grave and offer prayers early in the day. They will also hold a milad mahfil in the evening. 

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

Popular private TV channel Channel i will air a special programme named Aj Shokaler Gaan at 7:40am today. Abdul Alim’s daughter Nurjahan Alim will perform her father’s songs on the occasion.  

Abdul Alim was a Bangladeshi folk singer. He 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.