First namaj-e-janaza of Lucky Akhand held at Armanitola

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Dhaka, April 22: The first namaj-e-janaza of legendary singer-composer and freedom fighter Lucky Akhand was held at Armanitola playground at 10:00 am on Saturday morning.

Earlier, his body was taken to his Armanitola residence from Birdem Hospital in the morning.

The body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city from 11:00am to 12:00pm for paying respect by people.

The second namaj-e-janaza wil be held on the compound of Dhaka University central mosque.

Later, it will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard in the afternoon.

Lucky Akhand, who had long been suffering from lung cancer, died at his residence around 6 pm on Friday.

The noted singer was flown to Bangkok in September 2015 after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. However, he was brought back home after treatment for several days.

Later, he received chemotherapy in Dhaka.

On April 7, he was taken back home from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University following treatment for two and half months.

Akhand started his career with self-titled solo album ‘Lucky Akhand’ in 1984 under the banner of Sargam.

Some of the notable songs of Lucky are ‘Agey Jodi Jantam’, ‘Amay Dekona’, ‘Mamonia’, ‘Ei Neel Monihar’ and ‘Hridoy Amar’.

Born in old Dhaka on June 18, 1956, Lucky won the first prize in ‘Modern Bangla Songs’ category from the Pakistan Art Council in 1969.