Today is the 90th birth anniversary of folk maestro Abdul Alim. To mark the day, the family of legendary singer has arranged different programmes.
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.
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 also 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 Ekushey Padak in 1997 and 1977 respectively for his outstanding contribution to the folk song.