I have sung around 16000 songs in my career so far, among which around 4,000 were composed by Alauddin Ali.
He played the violin exceptionally well. In 1973, he was offered his first film as a music composer, but the film was never finalised. However, he had approached me to sing a song for that film.
O Amar Bangla Ma Tor was our first song together. I sang the song on BTV and radio several times. It is is still considered one of the best patriotic songs that we have.
At that time, Alauddin Ali was signing one film after another, and was at the peak of his career. Amzad Hossain, Alauddin Ali, Syed Abdul Hadi and I had great chemistry, and we came out with several award-winning projects. Most of my awards are for Alauddin Ali and Amzad Hossain's creations.
Alauddin Ali was incomparable. He was one of the best music directors in the subcontinent. The last time we worked together was in Focus Studio for a film directed by Chhatku Ahmed. Coincidently, it was Andrew Kishore and Alauddin Ali's last recording with me.
He was a pleasant person who enjoyed every moment of life. Once on my birthday, we were recording at Sruti Studio. He remembered that it was my birthday, and bought a cake for me from Sheraton. He was an extremely busy composer, and his studio was his second home.
I stayed in touch with him throughout his final days. Though he could hardly talk, he always asked me to sing the song Shomoy Hoyechhe Jawar Mon Keno Jete Chay Na, from Amzad Hossain's film Adorer Shontan. I even sang this song for him when he was in the ICU. May Allah grant him the best place in Jannah.