Today is the 68th birthday (February 28) of Bangladeshi Pop Guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan.
Azam Khan’s family and fans will observe the day with a number of programme and doa mahfil.
The “Rock Shomrat” was born at Azimpur on February 28, 1950. He had a great love for music since his childhood.
He was the lead singer of the rock band Uchcharan, founded in 1972.
His first concert was broadcast in 1972 on Bangladesh Television. His pop band earned instant reputation and Azam came to be known as “Pop Samrat.”
Some of his biggest hits are “Ore Saleka, Ore Maleka”, “Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re”, “Ami Jare Chaire”, “Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi”, “Obhimani”, “Rail liner bostite”, “Hei Allah Hei Allah Re”, “Alal O Dulal”.
The “Rock Guru”, together with pop music contemporaries Fakir Alamgir, Ferdous Wahid, Firoz Shai, Najma Zaman, and Pilu Momtaz is credited with pioneering and popularizing Bengali pop music.
He was a Freedom Fighter. He fought in Sector 2 under Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf in the Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
The legendary singer died on June 5, 2011, at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 61. He was suffering from oral cancer which had spread to his lungs.
In 2013 Khan’s family established Azam Khan Foundation aiming to help destitute artists. He left behind two daughters, Ima Khan and Aroni Khan.