The freedom fighter died early Tuesday after suffering a heart attack
Noted musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul was laid to eternal rest at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard in Dhaka’s Mirpur on Wednesday.
He died in the early hours of Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at his Aftabnagar home. He was 63.
His body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar around 11am on Wednesday where thousands of people from all walks of life paid their last tributes to the Ekushey Padak-winning lyricist, composer, and music director, reports BSS.
He was given a guard of honour there too.
A delegation placed a wreath on his coffin, on behalf of President Md Abdul Hamid.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, Awami League’s Joint General Secretary Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif and Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Aktaruzzaman, leaders of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Sector Commanders Forum also paid respects.
They were followed by a number of socio-cultural organizations, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Bangladesh Betar, Musician Forum, Gano Shilpi Sangstha and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote.
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Among others, former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid Babu, eminent singers Sabina Yasmin and Fahmida Nabi were present there along with the late musician's family members.
Bulbul’s body was kept at the Shaheed Minar till 12:30pm. From there, it was taken to Dhaka University Central Mosque where his first namaj-e-janaza was held after the Zohr prayers.
Later, the body was taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation where a second janaza was held. Then Bulbul was laid to eternal rest at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard after the Asr prayers.
The gifted musician, who created several famous patriotic songs and created background scores for hundreds of movies apart from releasing music album independently, had been suffering from cardiac issues for a long time.
In June last year, Bulbul also underwent treatment for eight blockages in his heart at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases.
From battlefield to studio
Born in Dhaka on January 1, 1956, Bulbul was a student of West End High School in Azimpur when he joined Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971 at the age of 15 along with some friends.
Bulbul had received training in India, have actively taken part in the war in Dhaka and surrounding areas and even survived torture at the hands of Pakistani occupation forces.
He entered Dhallywood seven years after the war — by working as the music director in the film “Megh Bijli Badal” in 1978.
In the '70s, he had also started composing music for patriotic songs for BTV.
Bulbul’s creations for 1984 “Noyoner Alo” — “Amar Saradeho Kheyogo Mati,” “Amar Babar Mukhe Prothom Jedin,” “Amar Buker Moddhekhane,” “Ami Tomar Duti Chokher Duti Tara Hoye” — had become timeless hits.
He was twice awarded the National Film Award for Best Music Director — first in 2001 for his work in “Premer Tajmohol,” and a second time in 2005 for “Hazar Bochor Dhore.”
In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Ekushey Padak by the government for his outstanding contribution to the country’s music culture and industry.
Besides his works in the films, Bulbul composed lyrics and music for albums released by popular singers including Sabina Yasmin, Runa Laila, Syed Abdul Hadi, Andrew Kishore, Samina Chowdhury, Kanak Chapa and many more.
The artist will be fondly remembered for the timeless tunes he gave to songs like “Shob Kota Janala Khule Dao Na,” “O Majhi Nao Chaira De,” “Shei Railiner Dhare,” and “Sundor Suborno Tarunno Labonyo.”
He had also won many other prestigious awards, including the President’s Award and the Shikha Anirban Award — which is the highest honour conferred by the Armed Forces. He also won the Bachsas Award 11 times.