The star has died after fighting a year-long battle with an unforgiving opponent
Hailed as the ‘Playback King’ of the music industry, Andrew Kishore’s distinct voice remains inextricably linked with Bangla cinema. You cannot think of one without the other.
The eight-time National Film Award winner was last seen on stage in early February, wearing a red punjabi and a black hat. He came in a wheel-chair to attend a concert in Singapore dedicated to him, titled Love for Andrew Kishore. He was joined on stage by Sabina Yasmin, Syed Abdul Hadi, Mitali Mukharjee, and Momin Biswas.
When Andrew performed that evening, fans broke into tears. Many in the audience believed at the time that his illness was permanently behind him, that he would go on to defeat what so brutally ailed him. The ceremony in Singapore was a celebration of his enduring spirit and his timeless music; those tears were shed in joy. His arrival was the affirmation his fans needed to believe that his days were not numbered, that an evening like that would be followed by many more.
Yet here we are. The star has died after fighting a year-long battle with an unforgiving opponent.