2019 has taken a lot of gems from Bangladesh. This story is a reminder to readers about all the celebrities and entertainment personalities we lost over the last 12 months
Ekushey Padak-winning artist Kalidas Karmakar, who is also internationally renowned, passed away on October 18. Kalidas was 73 years old at the time of his death. He was an adviser to Gallery Cosmos. Kalidas received the Shilpakala Padak in 2016, and Ekushey Padak- the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh- in 2018 for his contribution to the arts. His unique set of artworks were exhibited in South Asia, Middle East, Europe and the United States.
In 2019, Bangladesh also lost prominent playwright and actor Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed. Momtazuddin passed away on June 2, at the age of 84. A leading theatre activist both before and after Independence, he also took part in the Language Movement. For his contribution to theatre, Momtazuddin received the Bangla Academy Literature award in 1976, and the Ekushey Padak in 1997.
Legendary singer Subir Nandi passed away on May 7 at the age of 66. In a career that spanned four whole decades, Subir performed as a playback singer in almost 2000 films. In Bangladesh, Nandi is second only to Andrew Kishore in terms of singing in most number of films. In 1994, Subir performed in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. As a playback singer Nandi received National Film Award five times. In 2019 Subir Nandi received the Ekushey Padak.
Popular actor Saleh Amed passed away on April 24 this year. At the time of his death he was 83 years old. Saleh Ahmed gained fame in the 90's for playing memorable roles in several plays and films by Humayun Ahmed .
One of the most popular comedy actors of the country Tele Samad breathed his last on April 6 of this year. He was 74 at the time of his death. Samad's debut film Kar Bou was released in 1973. In a career that lasted four decades, Samad acted in a mammoth total 600 films. He first gained critical acclaim for acting in the film Noyonmoni directed by Amjad Hossain.
Renowned Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah passed away on March 24 of this year, at the age of 67. Shahnaz had won National Film Awards and the Ekushey Padak. Her notable songs include Ekbar Jete De Na Amar Chotto Sonar Gaye, Je Chilo Drishtir Shimanay, Shagorer Teer Theke, Khola Janala, Ek Nodi Rokto Periye, and Ek Tara Tui Desher Kotha Bolre. Shahnaz was popular for modern compositions, and tribute songs to Bangladesh.
Al Mahmud, considered to be one of the best poets of Bangladesh, passed away on February 15 of this year. His full name is Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, but he was known as poet Al Mahmud. He is considered to be one of the best Bangla poets of the twentieth century. He has received the Bangla Academy Award, Poet Jasimuddin Award and the Ekushey Padak.
Ekushey Padak winning lyricist, composer and music director Imtiaz Ahmed Bulbul passed away on January 22 of this year. Bulbul was also a freedom fighter. The artist will be fondly remembered for the timeless tunes he gave to songs like Shob Kota Janala Khule Dao Na, O Majhi Nao Chaira De, Shei Rail line er Dhare, and Sundor Suborno Tarunno Labonyo. He received National Film Awards, and the President's Award.