Lyricist Gobinda Halder, whose patriotic songs had inspired millions of Bangalees during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, died at a Kolkata hospital today after suffering from a prolonged illness at the age of 84.
Halder breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Jitendra Nath Roy Hospital in Kolkata at 10:20am (Local time), said Mofakkharul Iqbal, first secretary (Press) of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.
Halder had been under treatment at the hospital for old-age complications since November 13, 2014.
The lyricist wrote a number of famous songs, including ‘Mora Ekti Phulke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori’, ‘Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Jara’, ‘Purbo Digonte Surjo Uthechhe Rokto Lal’ and ‘Padma Meghna Jamuna Tomar Amar Thikana’.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the demise of the lyricist.