Today is the second death anniversary of noted singer Andrew Kishore. Andrew Kishore was a renowned playback singer of the country. He was born on November 4, 1955 in Rajshahi. 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.
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.
Andrew Kishore had dominated the Bangla film industry over the 42 years. He also earned acclaim for Hindi and Urdu playbacks. He is the only Bangladeshi artiste to sing to the tune of R. D. Burman in an Indo-Bangladeshi venture film ‘Shatru’ (1986). He has also sung in Urdu film Ranjish (1993) to the tune of Robin Ghosh.
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).
The popular artiste breathed his last on July 6 in 2020.