It is quite impossible to narrow down a few songs from a library of over 5000 pieces of excellence – that in itself speaks for the impact that Alauddin Ali had on the Bangladeshi music industry. Having started music direction at the age of 23, Ali won 8 National Awards for his illustrious career. Let us look back at some of his landmark triumphs.
O Amar Bangla Ma Tor
During the struggle for independence, poet Abul Umrah Mohammad Fakhruddin envisioned verses that would portray the six seasons of our country. After Bangladesh became a sovereign nation, the poet showed it to Alauddin Ali, who was then working as an assistant to music director Anwar Parvez. Thus, the masterpiece O Amar Bangla Ma Tor was born in 1972, masterfully voiced by Sabina Yasmin. Till date, it is one of the most emotional patriotic songs that we have.
Achen Amar Moktar
Even though Alauddin Ali's career as a music director for films started with Shondhikkhon in 1974, he got the recognition he deserved with the 1978 film Golapi Ekhon Train E. Amar Ache Moktar, written by Gazi Mazharul Anwar and voiced by Syed Abdul Hadi, is one of the highlights of the entire film. Directed by Amzad Hossain, the film went on to become one of the classics in Bangladeshi cinema.
Amay Gethe Daona Mago Ekta Polash Phuler Mala
Runa Laila, one of the greatest voices of the sub-continent, prides herself on Amay Gethe Daona Mago Ekta Polash Phuler Mala. Written by Nazmul Islam Babu, the song portray's Ali's signature melody, enhanced by Runa Laila's emotional delivery.
Bhalobashi Bolibo Na Aar
The trifecta of Alauddin Ali, Amzad Hossain and Sabina Yasmin, gave us hits like Ami Achi Thakbo, Ekta Kotha Bolar Chilo, Emonto Prem Hoy, Shomoy Hoyeche Phire and Noyone Eto Jol, among many others. However, Bhalobashi Bolibo Na Aar is a romantic ballad that got through to the hearts of the lovers in the generation, and is still fondly remembered today.
Bondhu Tin Din
An upbeat song highlighting Ali's folk influence in his music direction, Bondhu Tin Din was penned by Gazi Mazharul Anwar. Originally voiced by Runa Laila, another fabulous version of the song was sung by Alauddin Ali's daughter, Alif Alauddin.
Kichu Kichu Manusher Jibone
Voiced by Andrew Kishore and Kanak Chapa, Kichu Kichu Manusher Jibone was written by Mohammad Rafiquzzaman. Audiences in the theatre watching the film Shopner Bashor lauded the song as much as they lauded the chemistry between Shakib Khan, Riaz and Shabnur on the silver screen.
Kiba Jadu Jaano
Kiba Jadu Jaano is special, even among the gargantuan library of Alauddin Ali's songs. The composer sang it himself, and his mastery and control over his own voice matched his skill in composition. Written by Nazrul Islam Babu, the song reflects on the untapped versatility of Alauddin Ali as a musician.
Jetuku Shomoy Tumi Thako Kache
A beautiful duet by Agoon and Sabina Yasmin, Jetuku Shomoy Tumi Thako Kache has something quite intoxicating about it. Written by Pradip Goswami, the song propelled the film Shoto Jonomer Prem into being a commercial success.