Dhaka – People from different walks of life on Thursday paid tribute to noted singer Abdul Jabbar as he died on Wednesday.
Friends, relatives, well wishers, singers, cultural activists and politicians among others placed flowers at the coffin of the singer whose music inspired tens of thousands of Bangladeshi youths to join the liberation war against Pakistan in 1971.
The coffin was taken to the Central Shahid Minar as Sammilito Sanskrtitik Jote, a platform of cultural activists in Bangladesh, organized the tribute paying rites.
The singer will be buried at martyred intellectuals’ graveyard at Mirpur in Dhaka after the second funeral prayers at Dhaka University Central Mosque premises, said Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor.
The famous artist breathed his last at 9.20 am Wednesday at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. He was 78.
He had been suffering from various physical constraints in kidney, heart, prostate and diabetics.
His contribution to the liberation war was enormous. He used to sing for the freedom fighters hanging harmonium from his neck in the Calcutta Camps.
The money he earned singing folk songs in many places of India, a grand total of 12 lakhs taka, he donated to the relief fund of liberated Bangladesh.
He along with Indian vocalist Hemanta Mukherjee worked hard for acquiring peoples’ mandate for the independence of Bangladesh.
Abdul Jabbar was born on November 7, 1938 in the north-western Bangladeshi district Kushtia.
He was an enlisted artist for national radio since 1962, and for television since 1964.
A song sung by Jabbar for the film ‘’Etotuku asha’’ entitled ‘’Tumi ki dekhechho kobhu jiboner parajoy, dukher dahone korun rodone tile tile tar khoy’’ composed by Sattya Saha brought much of his fame.
He was honoured with three prestigious awards; Bangabandhu Gold Medal in 1973, Ekushey Padak in in 1980 and Independence Award in 1996.