Fakir Alamgir passes away
Published: 09:34 AM, 24 July 2021 Updated: 10:26 AM, 24 July 2021
Eminent folk singer Fakir Alamgir has died of coronavirus (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilahi Raziun). He was 71.
The Ekushey Padak awardee and Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra singer breathed his last at the United Hospital in the capital at 10:56 pm on Friday.
Fakir Alamgir's son Mashuk Alamgir Rajib confirmed the matter.
The singer suffered a cardiac arrest around 10:00 pm at the Covid unit of the hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus complications while the duty doctor declared him dead at 10:56 pm.
He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Fakir Alamgir, who tested positive for Covid-19 and had been undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the United Hospital in the capital since July 15, was put on life support on July 19 night as his condition deteriorated.
Born in Faridpur, Fakir Alamgir started his music career in 1966 and played a vital role as a singer in 1969 uprising in the then East Pakistan.
He worked with Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War and founded the cultural organization "Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi" in 1976. He also served as the president of Gono Sangeet Shamanya Parishad (GSSP).
As a writer, Alamgir published his first book 'Chena China' in 1984. His next two publications were Muktijuddher Smriti Bijoyer Gaan and Gono Sangeeter Otit O Bortoman. In 2013, he published three books - Amar Kotha, Jara Achhen Hridoy Potey and Smriti Alaponey Muktijuddho. So far, Alamgir authored nine books.
The noted singer was awarded different awards, including Ekushey Padak, Bhashani Padak and Sequence Award of Honour.