Ilias told reporters: 'My father was unable to eat anything for the last seven or eight days. When he became severely ill two days ago, we had to admit him to the hospital'
Acclaimed folk singer Abdul Kuddus Boyati has become severely ill with issues of the oesophagus, and was hospitalized on Sunday at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH), in Mohakhali. The news was confirmed to reporters by Kuddus’s son, Ilias.
Ilias told reporters: “My father was unable to eat anything for the last seven or eight days. When he became severely ill two days ago, we had to admit him to the hospital.”
Currently Kuddus is in ward 13 of NIDCH. He has become very weak. He was able to share a few words in a low voice with reporters himself.
Kuddus said: “I have been unable to eat for the last seven or eight days. MA Aziz of Mymensingh admitted me to this hospital. There is a severe issue with my oesophagus and the doctors are trying their best.”
Abdul Kuddus Boyati commenced his musical career as a folk song artiste at an early age, and subsequently worked towards popularizing traditional Bangla folk songs worldwide through his distinctive performances. Among the countries Kuddus visited for live performances are, the USA, UK, Australia, France, Qatar, Iraq, India, and many others. Bangla Loko Shongeet, or Bangla folk songs, are Kuddus’s speciality, and his renditions of these songs have made him popular with music lovers the world over.
Kuddus has tirelessly worked through his music in creating public awareness for the prevention of AIDS, spreading primary education, reforestation programmes, democracy, rural development, and family planning.
Kuddus has also been the proud recipient of several national and international awards and has earned recognition for his music career. He has been awarded and honoured by the Foundation of Saarc Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) in 2011, Netrakona District Association in the USA, and Rotary Club of Dhaka. He also received the Bijoy Dibosh Podok in 1995 and an award in Rifles Week in 2005.