National Award winning music director Farid Ahmed passed away on April 9:30 am at the capital's Square Hospital.
Having won the National Film Award in 2017 for his work in "Tumi Robe Nirobe", Farid Ahmed has done over 300 scores for television serials and almost 3,000 scores for short television dramas. He was at the helm of the Music Composers' Association of Bangladesh, which united and cared for musicians at the times of need.
A man who was always there for fellow artistes on their time of need, his passing brought great sorrows to the people who worked with him, as well as his numerous fans and well-wishers.
Bangladeshi legend Runa Laila wrote about Farid on Facebook: "He was the first one to assist any musician or artiste when they were able to assist their needs…. Farid Ahmed was a great musician and a wonderful human being, with whom I had the good fortune to sing."
"There was a time when I used to visit his house every Eid," said another legend, Kumar Bishwajit to The Daily Star. "We were extremely close—I was there on his marriage day, as well as when his first child was born. All of the songs that he wrote for me were super-hits, and his passing is a huge loss to the music industry".
"I knew him since 1997", says renowned singer Fahmida Nabi. "We made an album titled 'Shurer Bhubon', with father's (Mahmudun Nabi's) songs. He was a true artiste, and always had a smile on his face. I will always remember that smile."
Eminent actor Abul Hayat, who is recovering from Covid-19, expected Farid Ahmed to get better. "I kept hoping, as I am inherently a hopeful person. His dedication towards his work was unparalleled, and he was an incomparable person," he said.
Chanchal Chowdhury, who voiced many projects in Farid Ahmed's studio, remembers him as a humble soul. "He was so down to earth; I don't think I've met anyone as humble. His background music can be found in many of my tele-fictions. His departure is truly unfortunate.
Farid Ahmed is survived by his wife, Shiuly Akhter and his daughter, Durdana Farid.