The timeless creations, Purbo Digontey Shurjo Uthechhey, Mago Bhabna Keno and Nongar Tolo Tolo, were composed by the legendary Samar Das, during the Liberation War. The eminent composer played a major role in Bangladeshi music. Das was the music director of the first Bengali film, Mukh O Mukhosh, made in Pakistan. Today marks the legendary creator's 19th death anniversary.
Born on December 10, 1929 at Lakhsmibazar of Old Dhaka, he was enlisted as a flautist at the Dhaka Centre of All India Betar in 1945, at the age of 16.
In the 50s he joined the HMV Gramophone Company as a pianist. In 1967, he was appointed as the music producer of Dhaka Betar, where he worked till 1971.
One of the chief organisers of the Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971, he composed several patriotic songs that became immensely popular. He was appointed as the chief music director of the radio station.
Samar Das' contributions were not confined to just the aesthetic aspects of music, as he was also deeply involved with the Liberation War. He composed the signature tune of the newly founded Bangladesh Betar after Independence.
Starting with Mukh O Mukhosh, other acclaimed scores under his direction were from the films Aasia, Nabarun, Matir Pahar, Jighangsha, Raja Elo Shohore and Dhirey Bohe Meghna, among others.
One of the founding members of Sangeet Parishad and a member of the National Press Club, he was the music director at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games, held in Dhaka, both in 1985 and 1995. In recognition of his contribution to music, he was awarded the prestigious Ekushey Padak and the Shadhinota Padak among other accolades.
Through his classic tunes on the radio and TV, Samar Das continues to live among us with his music.
Translated by Rasheek Tabassum Mondira