Noted lyricist Gobinda Halder, who composed many immortal songs for the erstwhile Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, has died at a hospital in West Bengal's Kolkata on Saturday.
He was 85.
Gobinda Halder breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Jitendra Nath Roy Hospital in Kolkata at 10:20am (Local time), Mofakkharul Iqbal, first secretary (Press) of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The famous composer had been undergoing treatment with old-age ailments since November 13.
The President, Abdul Hamid, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the creator of the song that inspired millions during the Bangladesh liberation struggle against occupation Pakistan forces in 1971.
"The nation has lost a true friend in his death . . . the people of Bangladesh would always remember him for his invaluable contribution to the Liberation War," Hamid said.
In a message of condolence, the PM said people of Bangladesh lost one of their real friends at his death.
She said many songs written and composed by Gobinda Haldar were inspirations for Freedom Fighters and common people during the time of war in 1971.
Earlier, the president visited the ailing composer at hospital and the PM also called him over phone to enquire his health condition.
The state assured Gobinda of doing everything for his treatment.
He wrote a number of inspiring songs, including Mora Ekti Phulke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori, Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Jara, Purbo Digonte Surjo Uthechhe Rokto Lal and Padma Meghna Jamuna Tomar Amar Thikana.
He had also penned nearly 3,500 semi-classical, folk, baul, kirtan, Shyamasangeet and modern Bengali songs before glaucoma claimed his sight and ended his writing spree.
Gabinda Halder was the person, who proved that powerful lyrics can be turned into lethal weapons. It was his inspiring and emotion-filled songs that fuelled the nation to fight for a free Bangladesh.
He joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra team with his two notebooks loaded with patriotic songs after the clandestine radio station started its second phase of journey at the end of May, 1971.
The noted composer then appeared like a saviour to the nation as his patriotic songs were the only way to endure the trauma and agony of the freedom fighters.
After the independence, Gobinda penned another gem Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Jara, which later became a masterpiece to show tribute to the martyrs.