Today marks the 5th anniversary of passing away of veteran rockstar Azam Khan. To commemorate the great musician on this day the Bangladesh Musical Band's Association (BAMBA) will organise a remembrance programme today. The programme will start in the evening at 6pm at the Sangeet Bhaban of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segun Baghicha in the city. Eminent music director Alam Khan will be present in the occasion as the chief guest. Famous poet Asad Chowdhury and veteran ganasangeet artiste Fakir Alamgir will be present as special guests at the event. Among others, family members of Azam Khan and members of BAMBA will also be present to make high spirits of the day.
Azam Khan is originally known as Mahbubul Haque Khan. For pioneering post-modernism in Bangladeshi music he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Pop Guru", "Pop Shomrat" or simply "Guru". He was born on February 28 in 1950. He died on June 5 in 2011 aged 61 at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital from oral cancer.
Azam Khan is also known for fighting in the Liberation War while enlisting under Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf in sector 2. After the war he founded the rock band Uchcharan in 1972 and became its lead singer. Some of his biggest hits are "Ore Saleka, Ore Maleka", "Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re", "Ami Jare Chaire", "Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi", "Obhimani", "Rail liner bostite", "Hei Allah Hei Allah Re", "Alal O Dulal". A total of eight albums containing Azam Khan's songs have been released till date.