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'Still difficult to deal with Sanjeeb's absence'

  • Published at 08:59 pm November 18th, 2018
Sanjeeb Chowdhury
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Sanjeeb was always the focus of attention at any concert. Songs rendered by him like 'Gari choley na,' 'Ami tomakei boley debo,' 'Tumi amar bahanno tash,' 'Bioscope,' and many more, are still so popular today

Today is the 11thdeath anniversary of renowned singer and journalist, Sanjeeb Choudhury.

Eleven years ago, when news broke out of the sudden demise of Sanjeeb Choudhury, a sheer sense of great loss immersed the music industry. His untimely demise was a great loss for the country and created a permanent void.

Sanjeeb was born on 25 December, 1964, in Habiganj. He was a writer, poet, journalist, and activist. He graduated from the journalism department of Dhaka University.

Music career

Sanjeeb Choudhury was admired for his deep voice. He was also known as a lyrical genius. He touched the souls of hundreds of listeners with his soulful music.

Sanjeeb was always the focus of attention at any concert. Songs rendered by him like "Gari choley na,""Ami tomakei boley debo,""Tumi amar bahanno tash,""Bioscope," and many more, are still so popular today. 

His songs will continue to be a source of inspiration for generations to come.

In the mid 90's, he formed the popular band Dalchhut with Bappa Mazumder, which gained popularity within a short time. Dalchhut released their first album “Ahh” in 1996.

Dalchhut's second album was “Hridoypur,” which happened to be their most popular album. In that album, Bappa and Sanjeeb sang the song “Gari Chole Na” of Shah Abdul Karim. The song was an instant hit right after it was released.

After a long break, Dalchhut's last album with Sanjeeb, “Jochhnabihar,” was released in 2007. Sanjeeb wrote Jochhnabihar,” the title song of this album. “

Talking about his career with Sanjeeb Bappa Mazumder told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “ We continued our journey without Sanjeeb Da, but he can never be replaced, we will always miss him.”

“It was and still is difficult to deal with his absence,” he added.

Bappa informed that their next album, titled “Sanjeeb,” will be dedicated to him and will be released next year in Pohela Boishakh.

Journalism and political views

Sanjeeb was a versatile personality. His identity was not limited to being a singer. He was a writer and journalist also. Many of his articles and poems, published in various national daily newspapers and weekly supplements as well as magazines, were highly praised by both critics and readers.

"Rush Print," was the only published poetic work of Sanjeeb, which was admired by many of the leading poets of the country.

He was very successful in the field of journalism as well. His journalism career began with “Ajker Kagoj" and later he joined "Bhorer Kagoj" and established himself as a feature writer.

After his graduation from the journalism department of Dhaka University, Sanjeeb worked at a number of dailies.

He taught and trained many young journalists and conducted many workshops. He also worked at “Jaijaidin” for a while.

During his university days, Sanjeeb was active in politics. He dreamed of a classless society in Bangladesh. His political ideology inspired many youngsters and he was always an active voice against fascism.

In the '90s, during the Ershad regime,Sanjeeb was always on the forefront in the processions on the streets.

Sanjeeb was a humanist philosopher. Out of love for humanity, he donated his body for research to the Anatomy Department of Dhaka Medical College.

It is so unfortunate that eleven years ago today, Bangladesh lost a musical genius and a free thinker.