People from all walks of life paid tribute to Ekushey Padak winning lyricist, composer, music director and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul at a public mourning held at Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday morning.
Bulbul, the composer of immensely popular patriotic song Sabkota janala khule daona, died after suffering a cardiac arrest in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 63.
Cultural personalities, renowned singers, musicians, common people as well as cultural organisations and institutes like Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha, Bangladesh Sishu Academy, Dhaka University and others placed floral wreaths on the coffin of Bulbul kept at Central Shaheed Minar at the public mourning organised by Sammilito Sangskritik Jote.
Thespian Mamunur Rashid, eminent singers Kumar Bishwajit, Syed Abdul Hadi, Samina Chowdhury, Andrew Kisore and lyricist Shahidullah Farayezi, among others, expressed great shock and deep sadness at the sudden death of Bulbul.
’I can’t believe he is no more. His death is an irreparable loss to the country’s music scene,’ said Samina Chowdhury.
’He was an extremely talented lyricist, composer and music director. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him. His death has left a void that cannot be filled,’ said Kumar Bishwajit.
’We were very close. I will miss him dearly. Though he is longer among us, his creations will live forever,’ said Andrew Kishore.
’I have known him for a long time. He has enriched the music arena of the country with his versatile creations. I urge the young generation to follow in his footsteps,’ said Syed Abdul Hadi.
’I was shocked upon hearing the news of his untimely demise. We have lost a patriotic and talented music director today. He has enriched the Bangla music treasure throve with his timeless creations like Sobkota Janala Khule dao na, Amar sara deho kheo go mati and others,’ said Mamunur Rashid.
Born in Dhaka on January 1, 1956, Bulbul joined the liberation war at the age of 15, while still a student of West End High School, Azimpur.
He emerged as a lyricist-composer in the late 1970s and eventually became a legend in his field with hundreds of fan-favourite songs to his credit.
Playbacks such as Amar shara deho kheyogo mati, Amar babar mukhe, Amar buker moddhekhane, Ami tomar duti chokher, O chand mukhe jeno lage na grahan, Bajare jachai kore, Tumi mor jibaner bhabona, Jiban furiye jabe, Porena chokher polok and patriotic songs including Ekatturer ma janani and many more had been either penned and composed by Bulbul.
He received the National Film Award in Best Music Director category twice in 2001 for his work in Premer Tajmahal and in 2005 for Hajar Bochor Dhore.
He was awarded Ekushey Padak for his outstanding contribution to the country’s music industry.
His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Central Mosque of Dhaka University. He was laid to eternal rest at Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard in Mirpur.