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Legendary singer Subir Nandi passes away

  • Published at 09:05 am May 7th, 2019
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The 65-year-old's body will be brought back home on Wednesday morning

Renowned singer and composer Subir Nandi has died while undergoing treatment at Singapore General Hospital. He was 65.

The Ekushey Padak winning singer passed away around 4:30am on Tuesday, according to family sources.

His body will arrive in Dhaka on a Regent Airways flight around 6:10am on Wednesday, said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, Subir Nandi’s physician in Dhaka and the coordinator at National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

From there, he said, the remains will be taken to his home at Green Road.

Around 11am, Subir’s body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar, to allow his innumerable fans from all walks of life one last chance to pay their last respects.

Afterwards, the body would be taken to Ramkrishna Mission.

Samanta added that Subir Nandi’s last rites and funeral will take place at the Baradeshwari Kali Temple and its cremation ground at Sabujbagh later on Wednesday afternoon.

President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition Leader and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, and Information Minister Hasan Mahmud have mourned the death of the legendary singer in separate messages, alongside many others.

Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow upon hearing the news in a condolence message, recalling the renowned singer’s contribution to the country’s cultural arena.

She said: “The five times national award-winning singer will remain forever in the heart of the people through his works.” 

She prayed for the peace of the departed soul and extended sympathy to the bereaved family.

Recalling Subir’s contribution to the field of culture, President Hamid said: “His death is really an irreparable loss to the country’s cultural arena…Nation will recall his contribution to music and culture for long.”

Cause of death

On April 14, Subir Nandi was returning home to Dhaka from Sylhet by train, when he began to feel unwell. The train was stopped at Cantonment Railway Station, and he was taken immediately to Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

Upon his arrival at the hospital, Subir suffered a heart attack around 11pm, and was put on life support in the coronary care unit. He was admitted at CMH for 16 days, during which he had another heart attack. 

On April 30, the prime minister instructed that he be moved to Singapore for advanced medical care.

On May 4, Subir suffered a third heart attack after being flown to Singapore. His daughter, Falguni Nandi, wrote on her social media account that four rings had to be implanted in her father’s heart on Saturday.

Subir’s health condition deteriorated once again on Monday as he suffered from multiple organ failure at the hospital. At 4:30am on Tuesday, Subir breathed his last, at the age of 65.

Life and career

Subir Nandi was born on November 19, 1953 in Sylhet. He spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. 

The singer had nine siblings and all of them learned music from Ustad Babar Ali Khan. He grew up listening to Pankaj Mullick, Kundan Lal Saigal, Sandya Mukhopadhyay and Manna Dey.

His career began with Sylhet Radio in 1967, and spanned over four decades.

From 1970, Subir used to regularly perform on radio, television, film and live on stage. In 1972, Subir recorded his first song, “Jodi Kei Dhup Jele Da.” Following that, he sang “Din Jaye Kotha Thake,” for a film of the same name.

Subir also sang notable songs like "Tumi Emoni Jaal Petecho Shongshare,” “Amar Ei Duti Chokh Pathor To Noi,” “Ek Je Chilo Sonar Konna,” and “O Amar Ural Ponkhire.”  

His work in the film “Mahanayak” (1984) won him the first national award, and it is considered to be a milestone in his playback singing career in films. His voice was also heard in songs like “Shrabon Megher Din” and “Megher Opare Megh.” He was awarded the National Film Award for both films. 

In an interview with BTV, Subir claimed that he had already sung 2,000 film songs, setting a record of the second highest number of songs sung by any male singer. 

In the 70s, Subir also learned folk music from Bidit Lal Das, and was part of a band called Bidit Lal & His Team.

In total, he recorded over 2,500 songs, frequently collaborating with some of the best artistes in the industry.

The eminent singer was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2019 for his innumerable contributions to Bangla culture and arts.