Freedom fighter and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Anup Bhattacharya passed away in the capital's Asgor Ali Medical College Hospital 7:30pm Thursday. He was 77 years old. According to his family sources, the legendary singer was suffering from various old-age complications. He also suffered from lung problems, diabetes and high blood pressure for a long time. Anup Bhattacharya was born in Zakiganj, Sylhet in 1954. His journey as a vocalist began on March 11, 1963 with Tagore songs as an enlisted singer in the Rajshahi station of the then Radio Pakistan.
During the 1971 Liberation War, he worked as a composer and music director at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and lend his voice to patriotic songs like Teer Hara Ei Dheu-er Sagor, Rokto Diye naam likhhechhi, Purbo digonte and Nongor tolo tolo. After independence, he emerged as a composer with popular songs such as Boishakhi megher kachhey jol cheye, Suk pakhi re pinjira tor, Ekattor-er juddher diney, Pakhi janey na keno kandey, Lalon tomar Aarshinagar and Notey gachh moreye na, among more than 100 songs in his illustrious career.
Considered as one of the forerunners of modern Bangladeshi music genre, Anup Bhattacharya was also a founder member of the Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha. In his career, he worked with many iconic singers including Andrew Kishore, Mitali Mukherji, Rafiqul Alam, Dilruba Khan, Samina Chowdhury and more. The artiste, whose last rites took place in Dhaka yesterday, is survived by two daughters.
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