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People pay last tribute to Fakir Alalmgir

Staff Correspondent | banglanews24.com
Update: 2021-07-24 13:22:15
People pay last tribute to Fakir Alalmgir

People from all walks of life paid their last tributes to eminent folk singer and Ekushey Padak awardee Fakir Alamgir at the central Shaheed Minar today by placing wreaths.

His body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar earlier at 12 noon while people started paying their tributes to him around 12:15.

There the body has been kept for an hour till 1:15pm.

Sammiloto Sanskritik Jote arranged the programme amid the ongoing strict restrictions following the coronavirus health guidelines. But rain delayed the tribute programme.

At 11:16am, the first namaz-e-janaza for Fakir Alamagir was held at Pallima Sangsad in Khilgaon. Then he was given guard of honour on behalf of deputy commissioner for his contributions as a freedom fighter during Bangladesh's liberation struggle in 1971.

He will be buried at Taltola Graveyard after Zuhr prayers.

Fakir alamgir breathed his last around 10:56 pm on Friday while undergoing treatment at intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Covid unit of the United Hospital in the city at the age of 71.

The prominent singer suffered a cardiac arrest around 10pm at the Covid unit of the hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus complications while duty doctor declared him dead at 10:56pm.

Alamgir, who emerged as Gono Sangeet (the songs of the masses) singer for his outstanding contributions to inspiring the people to join the country's 1971 Liberation War, is survived by his wife and three sons.

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.

BDST: 1321 HRS, JUL 24, 2021
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