Azam Khan’s 66th birth anniv today

Cultural Correspondent
Azam Khan

Azam Khan

Today is the 66th birth anniversary of pop legend Mahbubul Haque Khan, better known as Azam Khan, who is often referred to as the Pop Gugu (teacher of pop music).
Yet, no public function will be organised and none of the TV channels would broadcast any special programme marking the day.
Azam Khan’s daughter Emma Khan said they would observe the day through a family programme.
Born on February 28, 1950, Azam Khan was also a valiant freedom fighter, fighting against the Pakistani occupation forces in the War of Independence in 1971 under the command of Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf in Sector 2.
Just after the independence of the country, Azam Khan and his friends formed a band named Uchcharan in 1972 and played a remarkable role as a pioneering band musician.
His first stage performance was held at a programme in Notre Dame College in 1972, the same year which also marked his first concert broadcast on BTV.
By mid-1970s, Azam Khan became extremely popular all over the country for his unique style of musical performance as well as the songs, which closely identified with the cause of the nation still reeling from the pain, trauma and devastations of the war.
His songs spoke of the daily struggles of common people, their sorrows and happiness and their dreams, fulfilled or unfulfilled. He performed with such passion that it struck a chord with the masses. His style of presentation was unique but simple and straight, and would cast a long shadow over the musical practices of the subsequent years.
Some of his songs including Ore Saleka Ore Maleka, Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re, Ami Jare Chaire, Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi, Obhimani, Rail Liner Bostite, Hei Allah Hei Allah Re, and Alal O Dulal are still popular with the common people.
Khan died on June 5, 2011 at the Dhaka CMH hospital at 61. He was suffering for an oral cancer before it spread to his lungs, eventually killing him. However, what cancer could not take away was his legacy, which will perhaps continue to live for centuries to come.

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