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A farewell to one of the last greats

  • Published at 10:41 am May 8th, 2019

He died around 4:30am on Tuesday, at the age of 65

People from all walks of life gathered at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka for a last chance to pay their final respects to renowned Bangladeshi singer and composer Subir Nandi on Wednesday morning.

The Ekushey Padak-winning singer’s body arrived at the Shaheed Minar around 11:05am, at a commemoration ceremony organized by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.

Subir’s body arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6:30am. From there, the body was taken to his Green Road home at 7:30am. His body was later brought to the Dhakeshwari National Temple at 8:30am for a commemoration  organized by the Dhakeshwari Sarbojanin Puja Udjapan Committee. From there, he was taken to the Shaheed Minar. 

Later in the afternoon, his body was taken to the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). According to Dr Samanta Lal Sen, Subir Nandi’s physician in Dhaka and the coordinator of the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, Subir Nandi’s body was taken to Baradeshwari Kali Temple and its cremation ground at Sabujbagh in the evening, for his last rites and funeral. 

Artistes who attended the Shaheed Minar event on Wednesday morning thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direct instructions to take Subir to Singapore for advance treatment and her personal involvement in the matter.

Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Golam Kuddus told Dhaka Tribune: “Subir Nandi is no more, but he will live on forever through his music.”

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Awami League lawmaker and former information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said: “I will personally make sure all the royalties that are due to Subir Nandi are collected as soon as possible and handed to his family.”

Theatre activist, actor and cultural personality Mamunur Rashid said: “We hoped that he would return to us. He is a true legend and was a very caring human being who respected creativity very much. Life passes on but their memories stay with us and Subir will stay with us too.”

Renowned musician Kumar Biswajit said: “He was always an inspiration to the young generation. They grew up hearing his music and have taken inspiration from his lyrics. Plus, his music will always inspire generations to come.” 

Subir Nandi died while undergoing treatment in Singapore around 4:30am on Tuesday, at the age of 65, family sources confirmed. 

On April 14, Subir suffered a heart attack after arriving at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), and was put on life support in the coronary care unit. He remained at the CMH for 16 days, during which he had another heart attack.  

On May 4, Subir suffered a third heart attack after being flown to Singapore. His health condition deteriorated once again on Monday, as he suffered from multiple organ failure at the hospital.