Lucky Akhand laid to rest

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DHAKA : Noted singer-composer and freedom fighter Lucky Akhand was laid to eternal rest with state honor at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard following his second namaz-e-janaza at Dhaka University Central Mosque.

The 61-year-old veteran freedom fighter died of cancer at Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital here yesterday.

His body was kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11 am to 12 noon to allow the cross section of people to have last glimpses and pay their respect to the celebrated son of the soil.

A contingent of police offered the guard of honour and salutes as somber looked admirers and fans stood in solemn silence at the altar of the Shaheed Minar against the backdrop of last post in bugles also recalling his contribution to the 1971 Liberation War as an artiste.

Hundreds of people including ministers, political leaders, professionals, cultural activists, students, friends and admirers rallied in queue for one hour to pay their last homage to the legendary singer placing floral wreaths on the coffin under the arrangement of the Sammilita Sangskritik Jote. One minute silence was observed while a condolence diary was opened.

Awami League central leaders led by Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil paid homage on behalf of the party by placing wreaths at the coffin.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, Lyricist and Composer Gazi Majharul Anwar, musicians Khurshid Alam, Fahmida Nabi, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Golam Quddus, General Secretary Hasan Arif and Abritti Samanway Parishad president Ahkamullah, among others, also paid homage to the freedom fighter.

Besides, rich tributes were paid on behalf of different political, cultural, social and professionals organizations including Workers Party, Bangladesh Musicians, Prachyanat, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Hasanul Haq Inu said the eminent singer not only won the hearts of people with his beautiful voice but also taking part in the Liberation War.

“Initiative would be taken to preserve popular songs of the legendary singer,” he said.

Asaduzzaman Noor said, “Akhand was a complete Bangalee. Imbued with the spirit of Liberation War, he worked in his entire life for the welfare of the nation”.

Mayor Annisul Huq said Akhand would remain alive through his works.

Akhand’s body was taken to the Shaheed Minar after holding his first namaz-e-janaza on the playground in front of Aramanitola Jame Mosque around 10 in the morning.

In 2015, Lucky Akhand was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was, later, treated in Thailand. He received financial help from the prime minister’s fund.

Born on June 18 in 1956, Akhand got music lessons at the age of five from his father. He performed in music programs for children on television and radio during 1963-1967. He was enlisted as a music composer of HMV Pakistan when he was 14 and a musician of HMV India at 16.

In 1971, he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He also served as the director (music) of Bangladesh Betar.

Akhand started his career with self-titled solo album Lucky Akhand in 1984 under the banner of Sargam. In the 1980s, Akhand was a rage when he came up as a singer, lyricist, composer and music director.

He composed notable songs including “Amaye Deko Na, Ei Neel Monihar and Abar Elo Jey Shondhya” while the veteran singer was associated with the musical band “Happy Touch”.

Akhand won the first prize in “Modern Bangla Songs” category in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council. “Abar Elo Je Sondha” was used in Bangla film named Ghuddi in 1988.

His composed songs for the album of his brother in which “Abar Elo Je Sondha” and “Ke Bashi Bajaire” sung by Akhand, “Shadinota Tomake Niye”, “Pahari Jhorna”, sung by Happy Akhand and himself and “Nil Nil Shari Pore” and “Hothat Kore Bangladesh” sung by himself were notable songs.

Akhand stopped his career after the death of his younger brother, Happy Akhand in 1987.

He returned after a decade with two albums named Porichoy Kobe Hobe and Bitrishna Jibone Amar in 1998.

He used contemporary rhythm, folk fusion and preferred Spanish fusion in his songs.

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