Noted folk singer Fakir Alamgir was lad to eternal rest with state honor at Taltola Graveyard in city’s Khilgaon area following his second namaz-e-janaza maintaining the health guidelines after Zuhr prayers on Saturday.
Earlier, the first namaz-e-janaza of the eminent folk singer was held this morning on the Pallima Sangsad premises at Khilgaon. Later, the mortal remains of the singer were taken to the Central Shaheed Minar to allow the people to have their last glimpse on him.
Fakir Alamgir, who later emerged as Gano Sangeet (the songs of the masses) singer, breathed his last around 10:56 pm last night while undergoing treatment at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Covid unit of the United Hospital in the city at the age of 71.
The prominent singer suffered a cardiac arrest around 10pm at the Covid unit of the hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus complications while duty doctor declared him dead at 10:56pm.
Born in Faridpur, Fakir Alamgir started his music career in 1966 and played a vital role as a singer during the 1969 uprising in the then East Pakistan.
He worked with Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War and founded the cultural organization “Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi” in 1976. He also served as the president of Gano Sangeet Shamanya Parishad (GSSP).
As a writer, Alamgir published his first book ‘Chena China’ in 1984. His next two publications were Muktijuddher Smriti Bijoyer Gaan and Gano Sangeeter Otit O Bortoman.
In 2013, he published three books – Amar Kotha, Jara Achhen Hridoy Potey and Smriti Alaponey Muktijuddho. So far, Alamgir authored nine books.
The noted singer was awarded different awards, including Ekushey Padak, Bhashani Padak and Sequence Award of Honour.