Happy Birthday ‘Pop Somrat’ Azam Khan
Published: 01:03 PM, 5 June 2021
Azam Khan; File Photo
Mohammed Mahbubul Haque Khan, popularly known as Azam Khan, one of the pioneers of pop music in Bangladesh. Today is the 71st birthday of ‘Pop Somrat’ who became unimaginably popular to the people of the country. He was born on this day in 1950 in Azimpur, Dhaka.
Inspired by his mother, Azam Khan started practicing music regularly since childhood. He passed SSC from Siddheswari High School in 1966 and HSC from T&T College in 1968. In the 60s, Azam Khan added a new dimension to Bengali music with his unique style in native songs by western-style pop songs.
During the mass uprising of 1969, he was an active member of the ‘Kranti Shilpi Goshti’ and promoted mass music against the exploitation of the Pakistani rulers. Azam Khan also took part in the Great Liberation War. He was in charge of a part of Sector No. 2. He took part in several guerrilla attacks in Dhaka and surrounding areas as a section commander.
After the Liberation War, Azam Khan founded the rock band ‘Uchcharan’ in 1972 with Lucky Akhand, Happy Akhand, Nilu, Mansoor and Sadeq.
After the independence of the country in 1972, Azam Khan’s songs ‘Eto Shundor Duniyay Kichui Robe Na Re’ and ‘Char Kalema Sakkhi Debe’ were aired live on BTV and became popular overnight.
In 1974, he sang ‘Bangladesh’ on BTV and caused a stir all over the country. He also sang several popular songs with Feroz Sait, Fakir Alamgir, Ferdous Wahid and Pilu Momtaz.
At the suggestion of his friend Ishtiaq, he created an acid-rock genre song ‘Jibone Kichu Pabo Na’ - which is considered to be the first hard rock music in the history of Bengali music. In 1982, Azam Khan’s first audio album titled ‘Ek Jug’ was released. He has 16 solo albums and more than 25 double and mixed albums.
On June 5, 2011, the ‘Pop Somrat’ left the world after suffering from cancer. He was buried in the Shaheed Intellectual Graveyard in Mirpur.