Legendary Bangladeshi folk musician and freedom fighter Fakir Alamgir no more


Famous Bangladeshi folk singer and revolutionary freedom fighter Fakir Alamgir has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 71 years old. According to source information, the singer breathed his last at United Hospital here on Friday night. His son Mashuque Alamgir Rajeeb said Alamgir suffered cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment in hospital.

President Mr. Hamid in his condolence message said that Fakir Alamgir’s music has played a central role in reviving patriotism and developing awareness of the liberation war among the younger generation. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said he will be remembered for his great role in popularizing Gono Sangeet among the people.

Born February 21, 1950 in Faridpur, Alamgir began his musical career in 1966. The singer was a key member of the “Kranti Shilpi Gosthi” and “Gana Shilpi Gosthi” cultural organizations and played an important role in the Bangladesh uprising in 1969 .

During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, Alamgir joined the “Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra” and performed frequently to inspire freedom fighters. Beginning his musical journey in 1966, Fakir Alamgir has been counted among the most influential artists in modern Bangladeshi music combining folk music with western sounds. He was also a writer having published several books in Bengali.

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