Today marks the 8th death anniversary of pop singer Pilu Momtaz, who was the third of renowned artiste Ustad Momtaz Ali’s seven children. She launched her career in the newly independent Bangladesh. Pilu Momtaz, along with her peers -- Azam Khan, Ferdous Wahid, Fakir Alamgir and Najma Zaman -- initiated “Bangla Pop” that attained mass popularity.
The sensational singer’s mega-hits include Ekdin Tho Choley Jabo, Chara Gaachh-e Phool Phuitachhey, Majhi Nao Chhaira Dey, a Jasimuddin song, Rita Choley Jeo Na and others. Her covers of familiar folk songs Orey Sampanwala and Nani Go Nani augmented her fame.
Her last stage performance was a chorus with Ferdous Wahid and Fakir Alamgir at the 2010 Citycell-Channel i Music Awards programme. The trio dedicated their performance of the classics, Ek Second-er Nai Bhorosha to their late friend, singer Firoz Shai.
Pilu Momtaz was a treat to the ears and eyes both on TV and stage. Her impassioned vocals dominated the radio waves as well. Critics and music enthusiasts observe that the contemporary Bangladeshi female Pop artistes are knowingly and unknowingly were influenced by the style that Pilu Momtaz pioneered.
She died of a heart attack in 2011 at the age of 52, and was buried at Banani graveyard, next to her father’s grave. She left behind her husband Lieutenant Colonel Anwaruzzaman, their only daughter Homayra Zaman Mou and thousands of fans and well-wishers.