Eminent folk singer, songwriter, flautist and musician Bari Siddiqui died at Square Hospital around 2:30am on Friday, following a cardiac arrest on November 17.
The demise of the legendary folk singer prompted an immediate outburst of grief throughout the nation. People from all classes and political, social and cultural backgrounds paid their respects to the departed soul.
Bari Siddiqui was born on November 15, 1954, in Netrokona’s Mougati union parishad’s Faichka village, to a music-loving family. His elder brother, Abul Hashem was a freedom fighter and a theatre activist, while his mother was a famous folk singer in the area. Starting as early as 12 years old, Bari Siddiqui mastered musical skills under the guidance of some of the finest musical gurus in Bangladesh and India, including the likes of Ustad Aminur Rahman, Ustad Gopal Dutt and Pandit VG Karnard.
He enrolled at the University of Dhaka and completed bachelor’s degree. He joined Bangladesh Television in 1985. Inspired by the writer Humayun Ahmed, he entered into the music arena in the 1990s. He made his debut television music programme “Ronger Baroi” produced by Humayun Ahmed.
However, Bari Siddiqui’s entrance into the music world was as a flautist.
He garnered much praise and accolades for his playback numbers in Humayun Ahmed’s 1999 film “Srabon Megher Din”.
In April 2000, he released a folk album titled “Lokkho Tara.”
He even founded a research organisation named “Baul Bari” dedicated to restoring folk music of Bangladesh and reaching out to the young generation in Karli village, Netrokona.
The body of Bari Siddiqui was taken to Netrokona after two Namaz-e-janazas in Dhaka. His brother-in-law Professor Omar Faruk, Bari Siddiqui will be buried beside Baul Bari as per his wish.
Bari Siddiqui is survived by his wife, daughter Elita Siddiqui and son Sabbir Siddiqui.