63rd birth anniversary of Lucky Akhand today
Published: 11:19 AM, 7 June 2019 Updated: 11:40 AM, 7 June 2019
The 63rd birth anniversary of eminent singer-composer, music director and freedom fighter Lucky Akhand is being observed on Friday.
Born on June 18, 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 later 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, he was a rage when he came up as a singer, lyricist, composer, and music director.
Akhand composed notable songs including ‘Amay 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’ were 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 his always favorite Spanish fusion in his songs.
The singer had been suffering from lung cancer for a long time. He died on April 21 in 2017 at Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital in the city at the age of 61.