Dhaka – Noted Bangladeshi singer Abdul Jabbar passed away at a Dhaka hospital on Monday. He was 78.
Jabbar, famous for his country-song, breathed his last at around 9.30 am at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. He had been undergoing treatment for various complexities at the hospital for the past weeks.
He was a singer of Sawdhin Bangla Betar Kendro, which drum supports for independent Bangladesh during the nine-month war against Pakistan in 1971. Jabbar’s song inspired the freedom-loving people to intensify their fight against the Pakistani junta.
He also donated money collecting from different concerts where he sang songs to the Liberation War fund .
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina express deep shock at the death of the singer. Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia also condoled the death.
Born in Kustia in 1938, Jabbar began his music lesson from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. He became enlisted singer for the national radio in 1958, only two years after he passed the matriculation exam. Later he was enlisted as a television singer.
Beside his patriotic songs during the liberation war, Jabbar was also noted for playback singer in Dhaka’s film industry. “Salam Salam Hazar salam”, “Ore Neel Doria” and “Du Jahaner Malik tumi’ are among the many popular song he had sang during his long career
Abdul Jabbar was honoured with many civilian awards. He was given the Ekushey Padak in 1980 and Shadhinota Padak in 1996.