Legendary singer Abdul Jabbar no more: President, PM mourn death of the singer

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Dhaka, August 30: The legend of Bengali song, singer of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and freedom fighter Mohammed Abdul Jabbar died on Wednesday morning at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University under treatment (Inna lillahe…).

He was 78.

BSMMU director Brigadier General Md Abdullah-Al-Harun confirmed.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed deep shock at the death of legendary singer and freedom fighter Abdul Jabbar.

In a condolence message, the President said, “In his death the country has lost a legendary singer who inspired freedom fighters through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the 1971 Liberation War.”

He added, “Jabbar’s death is an irreparable to loss the country’s cultural arena . . . His contribution to music will be remembered with due respect forever.”

Besides, the prime minister recalled Abdul Jabbar’s contributions to the great Liberation War, saying that he inspired the freedom fighters through his songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

“The country has lost an eminent singer and valiant freedom fighter in his death,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.

Abdul Jabbar was suffering from Kidney disease, heart condition, and diabetes along with other old age complicacies.

He was admitted in the ICU of BSMMU on August 1, 2017.

Abdul Jabbar used to visit several camps in Kolkatta in India during the War of Independence to sing for the freedom fighters to encourage them. He also sang in Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

‘Ore Neel Dariya amay de re de chhariya’, ‘Tumi ki dekhechho kovu jiboner porajoy,’ ‘Salam salam hajar salam’ and ‘Joy Bangla Banglar joy’ are some of his everlasting songs he sang.

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