The departure of legendary lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar


The departure of legendary lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar

Legendary lyricist, director, storyteller and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar has died (Inna…Rajiun).

He died Sunday, September 4 at 7:30 a.m. Actor Shahriar Nazim Joy, nephew of the lyricist, confirmed this information.

Joy told the Bangla Tribune: “Mom was physically ill for the past two days. But it was nothing remarkable. Some minor complications of aging. The ultrasound was to be done this morning on an empty stomach. I woke up around 6:30 a.m. and went to the bathroom. There he fell dazed and lost consciousness. His Upal Anwar was rushed to United Hospital. Doctors try to restore consciousness. But he could not.

Upal Anwar, the only son of Gazi Mazharul Anwar, said that at 9 am, after taking a bath in the hospital, Kabir’s body would be taken to Baridhara. Then the family will decide on the funeral and burial.

Ghazi Mazharul Anwar was born on 22 February 1943 in Taleshwar village of Daudkandi police station in Comilla. He was 79 years old.

The composer of many timeless songs, including “Jai Bangla, Banglar Jai”, Ektara tui desh katha bal re eber bal”, was a life member of the Gitikbi Sangh. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2002 and the Freedom Award in 2021. He received the first award of an independent country “Bangladesh President Gold Medal Award” for his special contribution to the war of independence. He has also won 110 awards, including National Film Award five times, Bacchus Award multiple times, BJME Award, Life Time Award from Daily Star.

He composed over 20,000 songs over a 60 year long career. BBC Bangla’s survey included three songs written by him in the list of top 20 Bengali songs of all time. Some of the most timeless songs he wrote are – ‘Ekbar Jaa Na De Amar Kotto Sonar Gaon’, ‘Gerner Khatay Swarlipi’, ‘Akasher Hande Hai Ekras Neel’, ‘Shudhu Gaan Gaye Idya’, ‘O Pakhi Tor Tanja ‘, ‘Isharay ‘Sheesh is dead’, ‘Chokher Nazar Amni Kaira’, ‘I gave you this spirit’ etc.

Ghazi Mazharul Anwar started writing songs for Radio Pakistan from 1964. Besides, he has been composing songs and plays regularly since the birth of Bangladesh Television. He wrote the music for the first film in 1967 for the films Aayana and Remani. Since his association with cinema in 1967, he has shown skill in writing stories, screenplays, dialogues and songs. His first directorial film “Nantu Ghatak” was released in 1982. He directed 41 films.

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