Azam Khan in memories
The shadow of a person in simple attire floats up in our mind whenever we remember Azam Khan, a shining pop star of Bangla Music, who is popularly renowned as the 'Pop Shamrat' of band music in Bangladesh.
He actively participated in the Liberation War of Bangladesh with valiant courage at sector 2 under Brigadier Khaled Mosharrof in 1971. On the death anniversary, June 5, of this valiant hero we are remembering him with deep respect and love.
He along with his contemporary singers--- Firoze Shai, Fakir Alamgir, Ferdous Wahid, Najma jaman, Pilu Momtaz and so on --- played vital role in shaping the scenario of Bangladeshi Rock Music Circuit. The foundation of first Rock band, Uccharon, of Independent Bangladesh, undoubtedly, made Azam Khan the precursor of band music in Bangladesh.
In the mid 1970s, Khan's popularity rapidly increased by some of his extra-ordinary creations, such as 'Ore Saleka Ore Maleka Ore Fulbanu Parlina Bachate', ' Jala Sudhu Mone re, Jala Jala Jala Sudhu Prane re', ' Alal o Dulal, Alal o Dulal, Tader Baba haji Chad', 'Shono Shono Dadima Bolechiley Ekdin Chadey Ek Buri Boshey Shutokate Rat Din'. These are his famous songs which make him immortal among the music lovers across the country.
His most prominent song, ' Rail Liner Oi Bostite Jonme Chilo Ektey Chele, Ma Tar kadhe, Cheleti More Geche', established him in the heart of the mass people. Uniqueness in style, liveliness in expression and authentic in voice--- all these speciality--- brought him into focus and keep him still alive like a bright shining star.
This great revolutionary whose real name was Mahbubul Hoque Khan was born on February 28 in 1950 at Azimpur, Dhaka. His father Aftab Uddin Khan was an administrative officer of the then government whose inspiration led him to the front line war against Pakistani military forces.
In conjugal life with Shaheda Begum, Azam was blessed with three children --- Ema Khan, Hridoy khan and Orony Khan.
The legend started his journey by his first concert broadcast on BTV in 1972, which helped him to come closer to the heart of the mass people by the magical tone of his melodious voice.
However, Khan's identity as a freedom fighter is not less important, nor as a singer and composer. Nowadays, the name and work of this Pop Guru is, unfortunately, not available to a large portion of the young generation. Indisputably, his contributions to Bangla music as well as liberation war will, notably, be kept in memory by generation to generation.
The nation lost this precious gem of music world on June 5, 2011 at Dhaka CMH Hospital at the age of 61. He had been suffering from oral cancer for a long time, which finally brought him to death. Azam Khan, the Pop Shamrat, will never be forgotten, he will be immortal like his creation like this one 'Ashi ashi Korey Tumi ar Eley Na, Shey din thekey Jiboner Sathey Shadhona.'
The writer is schooling with Department of English, University of Chittagong