Popular singer Lucky Akhand laid to rest at Mirpur

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Dhaka, April 22: Legendary singer, popular lyricists and music director Lucky Akhand was buried at city’s Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard on Saturday.

Apart from his family members, several singers and music composers were present at the time.

Earlier, the first namaj-e-janaza of the singer was held at Armanitola Ground in Old Dhaka at 10:00am. His body was brought at Central Shaheed Minar at 11:00am where the valiant freedom-fighter was given guard of honour. Afterward, people from all walks of life bade goodbye to their beloved singer placing wreath on his coffin. His final namaj-e-janaza was held after Zohr prayer at the Dhaka University Central Mosque premises.

The legandary singer breathed his last at Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital  in Old Dhaka at about 6:30pm on Friday. His body was kept at the hospital’s mortuary at night.

Lucky Akhand suddenly fell sick at his house at Armanitola in old Dhaka on Friday evening. He was rushed to the Mitford Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Cancer was detected at Lucky Akhand’s lungs on September 1, 2015. Then he was taken to a hospital in Bangkok where he underwent treatment.

Besides, a surgical procedure was carried out in his liver at a Thailand hospital. Later, he came back to the country and again went Bangkok in November in the same year where he was given six chemotheraphy. After completing the chemotherapy, he returned to the country on March 26, 2016.

Earlier, noted singer, composer and music director Lucky Akhand was given guard of honour at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Saturday.

A smartly-turned-out contingent of police led by Dhaka district magistrate Rabindra Chakma accorded him guard of honour.

 

 

 

 

Lucky Akhand also underwent treatment at three hospitals in Dhaka last year. He was given a total of nine chemotherapies. After conclusion of chemotherapies, doctors advised him to stay at home.

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 a Director (Music) at 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.