Veteran singer and freedom fighter Abdul Jabbar whose powerful songs inspired the freedom fighters during the Liberation War passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday. He was 79.
Jabbar, best known for his patriotic songs like ‘salam salam hajar salam’, ‘Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy’ and ‘sharhe shaat koti manusher aaj ekti naam,’ breathed his last at 9:20am at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Dr Debabrata Banik, in-charge of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of BSMMU confirmed the news. He was suffering from chronic kidney and heart diseases.
Jabbar inspired people through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War in 1971. He was awarded Bangabandhu Padak (1973), Ekushey Padak (1980), Swadhinata Padak (1996) and different national and international awards.
The artiste also donated money, collected through singing at different concerts, to the Liberation War fund during the war.
His other hit popular songs are ‘tara bhora rate’, ‘ogo lajuk lota’, ‘shotru tumi bondhu tumi’, ‘o re neel doriya’ and ‘tumi ki dekhechho kobhu’.
Jabbar was born in Kushtia. He first took music lessons from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. He became an enlisted singer of radio in 1958 and television in 1964.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the singer.
In his death the country has lost a legendary singer who inspired freedom fighters through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the 1971 Liberation War," In two separate condolence messages, the president and prime minister said in condolence messages.
They prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
The body of the patriotic singer will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 11:00am on Thursday where people from all walks of life will pay their last tributes to him.
Later, his first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Central Mosque of Dhaka University after Zohr prayers.
Jabbar’s body will be taken to his home in Dhaka’s Bhuter Goli, said his eldest son Mithun Jabbar. “He will be buried where the people of Bangladesh wish,” he said.