The award-winning Nazrul Sangeet singer and researcher was 78
Award-winning Nazrul Sangeet singer, teacher and researcher Khalid Hossain has passed away at the age of 78.
He died at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar around 10:15pm on Wednesday, said his son Asif Hossain, reports UNB.
The Nazrul exponent was critically ill and was being treated at the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit.
Family members told reporters that Khalid’s body would be taken to his Babar Road home at Mohammadpur after the formalities at the hospital. A namaz-e-janaza will also be held at a local mosque.
He would be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kushtia’s Kotparha on Thursday.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid led the singer’s numerous students, fans and well-wishers both at home and abroad in mourning his death. In a statement, the state minister express grief and extended his condolences to the bereaved family.
The veteran singer had long been suffering from cardiac problems, apart from old age complications, and developed kidney and lung ailments recently.
Khalid was admitted to the hospital on May 4 after his condition deteriorated, said Asif.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, along with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, had come forward with financial aid for bearing the singer’s treatment expenses.
Born in Kolkata on December 4, 1940, Khalid had a six-decade spanning career, during which he worked on recording the original notations of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs for five decades.
He also worked as a teacher and examiner of Nazrul Sangeet at the National University, Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, and all the education and textbook boards.
Khalid Hossain was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2000. He also won many other awards, including Nazrul Academy Award, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award and Churulia Padak from West Bengal.
He is a member of the Nazrul Notation Authentication Board at the Nazrul Institute and president of Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha.
Six of his albums were on Nazrul Sangeet, one on modern songs and 12 on Islamic songs.