Friday, 9 December, 2022

Baul Samrat’s 13th death anniversary today

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim. 

Shah Abdul Karim was born on February 15 in 1916 at Ujan Dhol village under the Derai upazila of Sunamganj district.  He is very popular musician of the country, especially in the Bhati area.

 He started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from a very early age.

Ektara, a traditional single string musical instrument, had always been his constant companion. However, poverty forced him to seek work in agricultural farms.

As he was growing up, he received training on spiritual and Baul music from Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh.

Shah Abdul Karim wrote and composed over 1,500 songs. These songs are organised in six books: ‘Aftab Sangeet’, ‘Gano Sangeet’, ‘Kalnir Dheu’, ‘Dholmela’, ‘Bhatir Chithi’ and ‘Kalnir Kooley’.

Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into English. Shah Abdul Karim’s popular songs are ‘Bonde Maya Lagaise’, ‘Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu’, ‘Gari Cholena Cholena’, ‘Ami Koolhara Kolonkini’, ‘Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataitam’ and others.

He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. The famous artiste breathed his last on September 12 in 2009.