Fakir Alamgir laid to rest
The first namaz-e-janaza of eminent folk singer Fakir Alamgir was held this morning in the Pallima Sangsad premises in Khilgaon, Dhaka. Later, the mortal remains of the singer were taken to the Central Shaheed Minar.
He was buried at Taltola Graveyard after his last namaz-e-janaza at Khilgaon Matir Mosque in the capital after Zuhr prayers today.
Recently, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the capital's United Hospital as his condition deteriorated after testing positive for Covid-19.
Fakir Alamgir was born in 1950. He stepped into the music arena in 1966 and played a vital role during the mass uprising of 1969 as a member of the Kranti Shilpi Gosthi and Gono Shilpi Gosthi. During the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh, he joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and performed frequently to inspire freedom fighters.
After the independence of the country, Alamgir played a pivotal role in the development of Bangla music alongside Ferdous Wahid, Azam Khan, Pilu Momtaz, and others.
In his illustrious career, several of his songs including "O Sokhina", "Shantahar", "Nelson Mandela", "Naam Tar Chhilo John Henry", "Banglar Comrade Bondhu" became popular, and achieved monumental success.
Fakir Alamgir founded the cultural organisation Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi in 1976. He also served as the president of Gono Sangeet Shamanya Parishad.
The government awarded the Ekushey Padak to Fakir Alamgir in 1999 for his significant contribution to music.