Popular singer Andrew Kishore passes away

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Dhaka, July 06: Popular Bangladeshi singer Andrew Kishore passed away on Monday evening at a clinic in Rajshahi city.

He has been undergoing treatment at a clinic run by his doctor sister and her husband at Mohishbathan area.

“Andrew Kishore breathed his last at 6:55pm at the clinic,” said his brother-in-law Dr Patrik Bipul Biswas.

Earlier, Andrew Kishore was put on life support as his condition deteriorated.

The singer was undergoing treatment at the clinic after returning from Singapore, Biswas added.

Along with cancer, he suffered from kidney and hormone-related issues.

In a Facebook post on Sunday night, his wife said that her husband was not talking. The last stage of cancer is agonising, she wrote and requested the countrymen to pray for him.

Kishore had been battling cancer since September last year and returned home on June 11 this year.

His acquaintance, singer Momin Biswas also informed about Kishore’s latest physical condition in a Facebook Live session on Sunday.

He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system. He received several chemotherapies during his nine-month battle with cancer.

Explaining his condition, Momin said that on June 8, doctors in Singapore informed Kishore that he is out of cancer-related complications. However, he felt extremely unwell on June 9 and after re-evaluating his condition, doctors informed him on June 10 that his cancer had returned. He did not want to continue living in Singapore anymore and returned home on June 11 by a special flight.

After spending a week at his Mirpur residence, Andrew Kishore decided to move to Rajshahi and has been living there since then.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several noted music artists-celebrities have contributed during his treatment.

In 1977, Kishore came to Dhaka to participate in a talent hunt project initiated by Shahidul Islam, the then director of Transcription Service of Bangladesh Betar. At the programme, he rendered the song Soheli O Soheli, composed by Debu Bhattacherjee.

Kishore debuted in playback singing in the film Mail Train (1977) where he sang Ochinpurer Rajkumari Nei Je Tar Keu, composed by Saley Alam Khan. Introduced by A.H.M. Rafique, Kishore made his breakthrough by the song Ek Chor Jay Choley from the film Protikkha, composed by Alam Khan.

His notable songs include “Jiboner Golpo Achhe Baki Olpo”, “Dak Diyachhen Doyal Amare”, “Haire Manush Rongin Fanush”, “Amar Shara Deho Kheyo Go Mati”, “Amar Buker Moddhe Khane”, “Amar Babar Mukhe Prothom Jedin Shunechilam Gan”, “Bhengeche Pinjor Meleche Dana”, and “Shobai To Bhalobasha Chae”.

Kishore won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer eight times for the films Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo (1982), Surrender (1987), Khotipuron (1989), Padma Meghna Jamuna (1991), Kabul (1996), Aaj Gaye Holud (2000), Saajghor (2007) and Ki Jadu Korila (2008).

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