Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra singer Abdur Jabbar died of multi-organ failure at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on Wednesday. He was 79.
Dr Debabrata Banik, in-charge of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of BSMMU, said the legendary singer was declared dead at 9:20 am.
Jabbar was suffering from chronic kidney and heart diseases. He left behind two wives, two sons, two daughters and a host of well-wishers to mourn his death.
The body was taken to Marqazul Islam mosque at Mohammadpur from the BSMMU for the last bath.
Later, the body was taken to his residence located in Bhuter Gali area in the capital. His body will be kept at the mortuary of BIRDEM Hospital on one day.
The first namaj-e-janaza of the singer will be held on the premise of Bangladesh Betar at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city tomorrow morning.
Later, Jabbar’s body will be taken to Central Shaheed Minar where people from all walks of life will pay their last respect to the Independence Award-winning singer.
After the second namaj-e-janaza at Dhaka University mosque in the afternoon, Jabbar will be laid to rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the singer.
In a condolence message, the President said, “In his death the country has lost a legendary singer who inspired freedom fighters through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the 1971 Liberation War.”
“Jabbar’s death is an irreparable to loss the country’s cultural arena. His contribution to music will be remembered with due respect forever,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a condolence message, recalled Abdul Jabbar’s contributions to the great Liberation War, saying that he inspired the freedom fighters through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
“The country has lost an eminent singer and valiant freedom fighter in his death,” she said.
Hearing the news of death of the eminent Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste, friends, family members and peers of the singer rushed to the hospital.
Jabbar, president of Bangladesh Sangskritik Parishad, inspired people through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War in 1971.
He was awarded with Bangabandhu Padak (1973), Ekushey Padak (1980), Swadhinata Padak (1996), Independence Day Award (1996), Bachsas (2003) and different national and international awards.
Jabbar was born in Kushtia. He passed SSC in 1956. He first took music lesson from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. He became an enlisted singer on the radio in 1958 and on TV in 1964.
Apart from singing patriotic songs during the Liberation War of 1971, he sang numerous songs for films of the country as a playback singer.
His popular songs include, ‘Ore Neel Daria’, ‘Du Jahaner Malik Tumi’, ‘Mukh Dekhe Bhul Korona’, and Tara Bhora Raate.
Courtesy: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).