Abdul Jabbar is still there
Today is the fifth anniversary of the death of Abdul Jabbar, the singer of many timeless songs like ‘Salam Salam Hazara Salam’, ‘Tumi Ki Khecheh Kavu Zaiba Parajay’, ‘O Re Neel Dariya’, ‘Ek Buk Jal Nee Bandhu Tumi’.
He died on August 30, 2017 while undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital in the capital.
On the day of his death, there was no such arrangement in the music world of Dhaka. There were no events in his memory.
Abdul Jabbar was born on February 10, 1938 in Kushtia district. As a child, he took music lessons at Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. In 1958, he enlisted in the then Pakistani Radio. In 1962, he made his first playback in the film. From 1964 he started singing regularly on BTV.
During the liberation war, he inspired the freedom fighters by singing many songs including “Salam Salam Hazar Salam”, “Jai Bangla Banglar Jai” released by Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He worked with famous Indian singer Hemant Mukhopadhyay in various places in Mumbai to create public opinion in favor of the Bangladesh War of Independence.
Three of his songs ‘Tummi ki khilech kavu zaibana parajay’, ‘Salam Salam Hazar Salam’ and ‘Joy Bangla Banglar Jai’ were ranked as top 20 Bengali songs of all time in 2006 by BBC Bangla audience. He has received various medals and distinctions, including Ekushey Padak, Freedom Award.
Some of his other popular songs include – ‘Ore Neel Dariya’, ‘Pich Dhalla Ee Pathtare Lovebeschi’, ‘Ek Buk Jal Niene’, ‘Bandhu Tu Shatru Tu’, ‘Byda Dao Go Bandhu Ukho’, ‘You Are All There’ , ‘The night is full of stars’, ‘I am not a drunk friend’, ‘Sucharita Jeonako, and stay a while’.