Happy Birthday ‘Playback Emperor’ Andrew Kishore
Published: 10:42 AM, 4 November 2020 Updated: 12:07 PM, 4 November 2020
There is no need to introduce him again by many adjectives. Everyone knows him as a ‘Playback Emperor’, a legendary singer of Bengali songs. He is Andrew Kishore, one of the popular singers in Bangladesh who gifted us with many legendary songs. Today is his 65th birthday.
The legendary artist breathed his last on July 6 last year. Today is Andrew Kishore’s first birthday since his death. The late musician’s wife Lipika Andrew has said that there is no family arrangement for the birthday of the musician. “I urge all to pray for Andrew Kishore. This will give peace to his departed soul,” she said.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that an organization named Ustad Abdul Aziz Smriti Sangsad is organizing a day-long festival titled “Kantharaj Andrew Kishore Janmoutsob” in Rajshahi, the birthplace of the artist, on the occasion of Andrew Kishore’s birthday. The event, which will be held at a local restaurant in Rajshahi, includes cutting the birthday cake, commemorating him and performing his songs.
Andrew Kishore’s fans, including members of the organization, will be present at the event.
Born on November 4, 1955, Andrew spent his childhood and adolescence in Rajshahi. Andrew Kishore initially started studying music with Abdul Aziz Bachchu of Rajshahi. Later he came to the capital from his desire for music. After the Liberation War, he became a radio-listed artist of Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, modern songs, folk songs and patriotic songs.
Andrew Kishor’s playback journey started in 1977 with the song ‘Achinpurer Rajkumari Nei Je Tar Keu’ from the movie ‘Mail Train’ directed by Alam Khan. However, the song ‘Ek Chor Jai Chale’ from the film ‘Pratigya’ directed by AJ Mintu in 1979, was first heard by the audience and the song became popular. After that, he didn’t need to look behind. Gradually, Andrew became the ‘Playback Emperor’ of Bangla movies.
His popular songs are – ‘Jiboner Golpo Ache Baki Olpo’, ‘Haire Manush Rangin Fanush’, ‘Daak Diyachen Doyal Amare’, ‘Amar Sara Deho Kheyo Go Mati’, ‘Amar Buker Moddhe Khane’, ‘Amar Babar Mukhe Prothom Jedin Shunechilam Gaan’, ‘Vengeche Pinjar Meleche Dana’, etc. are notable.
In his music career, Andrew Kishore has won eight National Film Awards, five Bangladesh Film Journalists Association Awards, Meril Prothom Alo Award and many other awards at home and abroad. He is survived by two children and wife. The name of the first child is Sangga and the name of the second child is Saptak.
The legend of the Bangla song has won the National Film Award eight times.