Noted music composer & legendary singer Lucky Akhand passes away

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Dhaka, April 21: Noted singer, legendary music composer and valiant freedom-fighter Lucky Akhand is passes away at the age of 60 on Friday.

Family sources said Lucky Akhand, who had been suffering from lung cancer, was rushed to the Mitford Hospital from his Armanitola residence in the evening after his physical condition was deteriorated. Later, on duty doctors at the Mitford Hospital pronounced the singer dead.

Staying under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University Hospital in Dhaka over the last two and half months, he returned to his house several days ago.

Earlier, he underwent treatment at a hospital in Bangkok for six months. As his condition was improved somewhat, he was brought back to the country and was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University Hospital.

Lucky Akhand was born on June 18, 1956. He got music lessons at the age of five from his father. He performed in music programs for children on television and radio during 1963-1967. He was enlisted as a music composer of HMV Pakistan when he was 14 and a musician of HMV India at 16.

Lucky was associated with the musical band ‘Happy Touch’. He composed notable songs including ‘Ei Neel Monihar’, ‘Abar Elo Jey Shondhya’ and ‘Amaye Deko Na’. He served as the Director (Music) of Bangladesh Betar.

Akhand started his career with self-titled solo album Lucky Akhand in 1984 under the banner of Sargam. Some of the notable songs on that album were “Agey Jodi Jantam”, “Amay Dekona”, “Mamonia”, “Ei Neel Monihar”, “Hridoy Amar”. His composed songs for the album of his brother in which “Abar Elo Je Sondha” and “Ke Bashi Bajaire” sung by Akhand, “Shadinota Tomake Niye”, “Pahari Jhorna”, sung by Happy Akhand and himself and “Nil Nil Shari Pore” and “Hothat Kore Bangladesh” sung by himself were notable songs. “Abar Elo Je Sondha” was used in Bangla film named ‘Ghuddi’ in 1988.

Akhand stopped his career after the death of his younger brother, Happy Akhand in 1987. He returned after a decade with two albums named ‘Porichoy Kobe Hobe’ and ‘Bitrishna Jibone Amar’ in 1998. Porichoy Kobe Hobe was the second solo album and the remake of his Happy Akhand’s solo album. Bitrishna Jibone Amar was a band and modern mix album. Six prominent singers of that time James, Ayub Bachchu, Hasan, Kumar Biswajit, Tapan Chowdhury, and Samina Chowdhury sang together on this album.

Lucky Akhand won the first prize in “Modern Bangla Songs” category in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council. However, he did not receive any major award–Independence Award or Ekushey Padak–in Bangladesh.