Folk emperor Abdul Alim’s birth anniv today
Published: 11:43 AM, 27 July 2021 Updated: 11:44 AM, 27 July 2021
Abdul Alim; File Photo
The 91st birth anniversary of legendary Palli Sangeet (Bengali folk songs) artist Abdul Alim is being observed today (Tuesday, July 27).
Born on July 27, 1931, in Talibpur village of Murshidabad in West Bengal (India), the immortal artist of Bangla folk music Abdul Alam’s father’s name was Mohammad Yusuf Sheikh and his mother’s name was Khasa Bibi.
Abdul Aim’s journey in began since childhood. He was a disciple of Ostad Golam Ali (Olumia) in Murshidabad. Later, in Kolkata, He got close to Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and Kazi Nazrul Islam.
It is learned that Abdul Aim’s uncle once brought a phonograph in Talibpur village. Later, he was constantly attracted to music by listening to songs from the phonograph.
The legendary folk artist’s two songs were recorded in 1943. He came to in Bangladesh 1948. Abdul Aim first gave voice in the film ‘Mukh O Mukhosh’ in 1956. So far, he has recorded 500 songs and has sung in 100 films.
Among his notable films are - ‘Satbhai Champa’, ‘Rupoban’, ‘Etotuku Asha’, ‘Sheet Bikel’, ‘Joar Elo’, ‘Sujan Sakhi’, etc.
Notable songs include — ‘Holudia Pakhi’, ‘Rupali Nodire’, ‘NIyare Naye Badam’, ‘Sobsokhire Par Korite’ etc.
He visited Burma (Myanmar) in 1962, Russia in 1964, and China in 1966.
Abdul Alim has received several national awards. Among them – the Ekushey Padak, the Purbani Film Award, and the Bangladesh Film Journalist Association Award. He also received five gold medals by performing music at Pakistan Music Conference, Lahore. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak posthumously by the Government of Bangladesh.
This folk music artist passed away at the then PG Hospital (now BSMMU) on September 5, 1984, at the age of only 43.
Though Abdul Alim is no more, he will be immortal through his Palli music for the country people.