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12:10 AM, August 20, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:24 AM, August 20, 2013

Abdur Rahman Boyati no more

abdur rahmanRenowned folk singer Abdur Rahman Boyati died at Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in the city yesterday. He was 74. Earlier, he was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition relating to neurological and urological complications on Sunday night. He had also complications of the kidney, lungs, high blood pressure, and other ailments while he was admitted to the hospital. He was suffering from various diseases for last three months.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of Abdur Rahman Boyati.
Rahman Boyati was born on January 1, 1939 to a respectable Muslim family of Dayagonj in Dhaka. Besides being a folk singer, he was also a lyricist, music composer, director and poet. He had entered the world of singing at the inspiration of poet Alauddin Boyati. Although he had showed a knack for singing since his early days, he started to sing professionally in 1956. Eventually, he formed a group in 1982 which is known as Abdur Rahman's group.
Boyati's song “Mon Amar Deho Ghori Sondhan Kori” has been hugely popular amongst the Bengali-speaking people all over the world. He had also ventured out of singing to act in movies. In 1989 he acted in “Ashati” directed by Hafiz Uddin. In 1995 he was in the news again for singing folk song in the band style for the album “Dehoghori” by a popular band--- Feedback.
Boyati was the only performer from Bangladesh who was invited to a cultural show at the dinner party of George Bush Sr. held in the White House in 1990. For his contribution to the music of Bangladesh, Boyati won six National Awards including the Presidency Award. The celebrated folk singer also won a number of awards from countries abroad.
In 1982 Boyati formed an eight-member musical group and participated in many stage shows at home and abroad. He had performed in 40 countries of the world including the UK, the USA, China, Japan, Canada, India and Australia. During his long musical career, Boyati has released 500 solo and 200 mixed albums. Besides, he had performed on every television channel in the country.

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