“I admire his versatility as a composer” -Naquib Khan | The Daily Star
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“I admire his versatility as a composer” -Naquib Khan

Alongside designing magical melodies and being one of the finest music composers of the sub-continent, Alauddin Ali was also an amazing lyricist. He spear-headed the renaissance of modern Bangla music blending folk and classical elements in the modern genre. Many of his compositions also show influences of western music, merged together, creating history. He entered the music industry as a violinist and went on to assist maestros like Altaf Mahmud and Anwar Parvez, and many of his compositions still radiate their essence. I also have had the privilege to play with him when I came to Dhaka from Chattogram in 1983, and before, he used to love our double chamber Organ 'VOX super continental' (keyboard) of the band Souls and often visited my house when he came to Chattogram. One thing that I enjoy about his compositions is his selection of notes and chord progression, we usually see sad songs composed in minor chords. Breaking this monotony, he went on to create unique  sweet melodies and love songs in minor chords for example his song, Shesh Korona Shurutei Khela. His way of working was also very old-school where the artiste would be called for rehearsals, only then would he step into the recording studio. I admire his versatility as a composer as he left no genre untouched -- be it love songs, patriotic compositions, or simple sweet melodies.

 

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