Today is the 3rd death anniversary of Ekushey Padak and National Film Award-winning singer Subir Nandi. He was one of the most gifted singers to have ever come in the Bangla music arena. His many of the songs have touched the hearts of millions.
Subir Nandi was born in Sylhet in 1953. He spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. The singer has nine siblings. All of them learned music from Ustad Babar Ali Khan. He grew up listening to Pankaj Mullick, Kundan Lal Saigal, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, and Manna Dey. In 1972, Subir recorded his first song, ‘Jodi Keu Dhup Jele Dai’, written by Mohammed Muzakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem.
He went on singing songs like ‘Shrabon Megher Din’ and ‘Megher Opare Megh’. He was awarded National Film Award for both films. In an interview with BTV, he claimed that he had sung 2000 film songs setting the record of the second-highest number of songs sung by any male singer only after Andrew Kishore.
In 1994, Nandi rendered songs at the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.
The popular musician won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer five times for his performance in the films Mahanayak (1984), Shuvoda (1986), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Megher Pore Megh (2004) and Mohua Sundori (2015). He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2019 by the Government of Bangladesh.
He passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore on May 7, 2019.