The 71-year-old, who was suffering from Covid-19, breathed his last at a Dhaka hospital
Legendary folk singer and Ekushey Padak awardee Fakir Alamgir died from Covid-19 complications at a Dhaka hospital on Friday night.
The 71-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at the United Hospital and was declared dead at 10:56pm, his son Mashuque Alamgir Rajeeb said.
A 1971 Freedom Fighter, Fakir Alamgir was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital on July 15 after contracting Covid-19.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the legendary cultural activist. He will be remembered for his contribution to popularizing folk songs in this country, the premier said in a condolence message.
He tested positive for the coronavirus after suffering from fever and cough for several days, and was taken to a local hospital after complaining of breathing problems. Later, he was transferred to the ICU at United Hospital.
Fakir Alamgir stepped into the music arena in 1966 and played a vital role during the mass upsurge of 1969 as a member of the 'Kranti Shilpi Gosthi' and 'Gana Shilpi Gosthi'.
During the 1971 Liberation War, he joined the 'Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra' and performed frequently to inspire freedom fighters.
After independence, Fakir Alamgir played a pivotal role in the development of Bengali pop music alongside Ferdous Wahid, Azam Khan, Pilu Momtaz and others by combining indigenous tunes with western music.
He founded the cultural organization 'Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi' in 1976, and also served as the president of Gono Sangeet Shamanya Parishad (GSSP).
The government conferred the Ekushey Padak to Fakir Alamgir in 1999 for his significant contribution to music.
In his illustrious career, several of his songs, including "O Sokhina", "Shantahar'er Jongshon", "Nelson Mandela", "Naam Tar Chhilo John Henry", "Banglar Comrade Bondhu", became very popular and achieved monumental success.
A graduate from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University, Fakir Alamgir has also been a writer.
He has published several books, including “Gono Sangeet er Oteet O Bortoman”, “Muktijuddher Smriti o Bijoyer Gaan”, “Amar Kotha”, and “Jara Achhen Hridoypotey”.