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Bashir Ahmed

Bashir Ahmed remembered at Shilpakala

Bashir Ahmed remembered at Shilpakala

Music and Dance Department (MDD) of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised a discussion and a musical soiree in memory of recently deceased eminent singer Bashir Ahmed on May 11. Noted composers Ali Hossain and Sheikh Sadi Khan were the discussants while director of MDD Sohrabuddin delivered the welcome address while DG of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over. A musical programme followed where singers performed songs, recorded and composed by Bashir Ahmed. Mamun Zahid Khan rendered “Tomar Kajol Kesh Chhoralo Boley” and “Anek Sadher Moyna Amar”. Dinat Jahan Munni sang “Katha...

The voice that lingers

The voice that lingers

Many of today's generation aren't familiar with Bashir Ahmed.  But it would be a rare youth in the country who has not heard “Amake Porate Jodi Eto Laage Bhalo”, “Ja Re Jabi Jodi Ja” or “Phooler Mala Poriye Dilam” sometime in their childhood, on the radio or from an old cassette player. A week...

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Old songs, ageing artistes

Old songs, ageing artistes

Bashir Ahmed's death last week was once more a reminder of the many ways in which we neglect our leading artistes when they are alive. Once they are dead, though, people fall on one another to sing the praises of the one who has just departed. No one says a word about the way in which the dead artiste suffered, for want of economic sustenance or health or attention. And then there is the other side of the problem. Most artistes, as they age, lose touch with themselves. Pakistan's Ghulam Ali once sang some beautiful ghazals. Remember his hum tere sheher mein aaye hain musafir ki tarah? These days he...

Star Melodies' tribute to Bashir Ahmed today

Star Melodies' tribute to Bashir Ahmed today

Star Melodies is organising a special memorial discussion and musical programme on the lately departed legendary music maker, Bashir Ahmed. Eminent music exponents such as Ferdausi Rahman, Syed Abdul Hadi, Sheikh Sadi Khan and Subir Nandi will reminisce and reflect on the artiste's life and works. Nasima Shaheen Fancy, Aloke Kumar Sen, Munir Chowdhury, Bizon Chandra Mistry and Mofizul Huq will sing at the event. The programme will begin at 6:30pm today at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre. Those interested in enjoying the event may contact the Administration Department of The Daily Star on 9144330 (Hunting) or 8124944 between 11am-5pm to enroll their names, on...

In loving memory

In loving memory

Star Melodies is organising a special memorial discussion and musical programme on the lately departed legendary music maker, Bashir Ahmed. Eminent music exponents such as Ferdausi Rahman, Syed Abdul Hadi, Sheikh Sadi Khan and Subir Nandi will reminisce and reflect on the artiste's life and works. Nasima Shaheen Fancy, Aloke Kumar Sen, Munir Chowdhury, Bizon Chandra Mistry and Mofizul Huq will sing at the event. The programme will begin at 6:30pm on April 26 (Saturday) at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre. Those interested in enjoying the event may contact the Administration Department of The Daily Star on 9144330 (Hunting) or 8124944 between 11am-5pm to enroll...

In loving memory

In loving memory

Star Melodies is organising a special memorial discussion and musical programme on the lately departed legendary music maker, Bashir Ahmed. Eminent music exponents such as Ferdausi Rahman, Syed Abdul Hadi and Sheikh Sadi Khan will reminisce and reflect on the artiste's life and works. Nasima Shaheen Fancy, Aloke Kumar Sen, Munir Chowdhury, Bizon Chandra Mistry and Mofizul Huq will sing at the event. The pro-gramme will begin at 6:30pm on April 26 (Saturday) at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre. Those interested in enjoying the event may contact the Administration Department of The Daily Star on 9144330 (Hunting) or 8124944 between 11am-5pm to enroll their names,...

BASHIR AHMED (1939-2014)

The songbird passes on

The songbird passes on

There was substance in Bashir Ahmed's artistry. For he was an artiste in the truest sense of the meaning, back in those days when both East Pakistan and West Pakistan looked to him for purposeful melodies in Bengali and Urdu. People of my generation were in primary school when we first heard him sing that famous song from the movie Talash: kuchh apni kahiye kuchh meri suniye / ye shaam ye tanhai yun chup to na rahiye. As we grew into teenage and then into youth and adulthood, that song never failed to lose its shine in our lives. In Bashir Ahmed's voice was a lilt that can only enrich...

Remembering a luminary

Bashir Ahmed acquired rare success and continued to sing until months before his demise. Over the decades, his listeners never tired of him. He never compromised with music, and that's why his songs stood the test of time even when Indian songs  hogged the  music market. I was on very good terms with Bashir Ahmed. I remember meeting him at a hospital about six months ago when I went to visit his ailing wife. He was happy to see me....

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