Well-known singer Akbar, who has been suffering from various diseases including diabetes, kidney and heart related problems since January 2019, is flying to India on 29 September for treatment. This is, for the second time the singer is visiting India for medical purposes. He received the Indian Visa on September 16.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave Akbar a grant of BDT 20 lakh in February 2019 for his treatment, and another BDT 2 lakh this month. "We are sincerely grateful to our honourable Prime Minister. We went to Apollo Hospital in Chennai last year," said his wife, Kaniz Fatema.
This time, Kaniz and their daughter Afia Akbar Athoi will accompany the singer during the medical visit. "Our appointment is with endocrinologist Dr Subir Roy of Chennai's Apollo Hospital on October 1," said Kaniz Fatema to The Daily Star.
Akbar came into limelight overnight with his rendition Kishore Kumar's Ekdin Pakhi Urey Jabe Je Akashey on popular BTV variety show Ityadi. He gradually became a popular singer, and left his life as a rickshaw puller. Akbar's original record, Tomar Haat Pakhaar Batashey, was well received.
The person who has wholeheartedly stood beside Akbar and his family during these critical times, is none other than Hanif Sanket. "Hanif Sanket sir has done what a father would for his children. He is an angel-like human being," expressed an emotional Kaniz Fatema. "He is our source of power -- be it financial or mental. Even in the midst of his busy schedule, he managed time to support us -- ranging from helping us receive the Prime Minister's grants to referring proper doctors and hospitals. We are indebted to him."