I don’t usually go to chats or events now. Many people come to the chat or event themselves. But you have to go to Shaheed Minar. No one comes to me after I’m gone, not even me. Some reached the Shaheed Minar before leaving. I went to touch that tearful Shaheed Minar. Went again. At this time of lockdown and fear of corona, I saw Fakir Alamgir from a distance in the silent secluded Shaheed Minar. Like the solitude of the Shaheed Minar, he left all the emptiness of a lifetime for the Sakhinas. None of us know if the tragic bugle cry of the ‘song’ salute touched him. Then he came to the Shaheed Minar on a ‘separate couch’, and on his last journey he was left at the Taltola cemetery in Khilgaon. Taltala is not far from Shantibagh. There is a song by Fakir Alamgir- ‘Before Mouchak, my friend built a house in Shantibagh behind Malibagh. Two people have informed me that I will stay in that house. People know a truth very well. The house changes. After the change he was alone, again alone.
Fakir Alamgir did not change much. In college life, when student unions became involved, student unions changed at the same time, pro-Russian and pro-Chinese ideologies divided left-wing politics around the world. But people’s interest in speaking has been building since then. Leaned towards mass music. During the mass uprising of 1969, when he was studying at Jagannath College (now a university), he became involved with the ‘Kranti’ artist group. He joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1981. In 1981, he formed Rishi Shilpi Gosthi which was synonymous with his name.
Before and after independence, the music was changing very fast. Dhundumar became popular in the country as a ‘pop’ (popular song) with the western style of musical instruments and the Banglaization of foreign rock, jazz or blues songs. Fakir Alamgir is one of the five artists (Five Man Army) who were established as pop singers after independence. Feroze Sai, Pilu Mumtaz and Azam Khan have already died. Only Ferdous Wahid survived after the departure of Fakir Alamgir. Survival is not everything, survival is the real thing. Fakir Alamgir will live in the hearts of Bengali music lovers.
Although he moved from mass music to the world of pop music in the course of changing times, he had no equal in translating mass music into one form or another into a pop form or a fast-paced song and instilling it in people’s hearts as a lot of ‘sahajia’ songs. Fakir Alamgir’s early songs had a strong pop form where the desire to be popular also seems to be strong. Such as – “Hold on, I search – I would not tear the wire if I could reach / Krishna’s love so much that I did not know before Jbala Sakhi”, or Ahmad Shafar’s writing – “I made a house Nare, I did not make a family. I did not beg like Aul Baul Fakir. But beyond all that, it became very popular – “Even if you cut the price of mother’s milk, cut the skin of the body, make papash, the debt will not be repaid.”
Relationships break people’s hearts. One day someone might have broken down and left. Fakir Alamgir wanted to sing a song for the departed man to the tune of another Dikpal Alauddin Ali of Bangladesh. Like many people in the country, the departed man wanted to hear the song – ‘Suddenly, in a way, if you meet two people / if Roy is with you / I will not stand in the old identity / I will not break the house of new hope’. Real love may make a person polite and humble in his personal life. He then mixed mass music with pop music, protesting for the countless ‘Sakhina’ and her boyfriend in this country.
That was one day. He went to war with Sakhina. Became a ‘rickshaw puller’ dedicated to change the fortunes of Sakhinas! In this song, he begged and said that in order to pay the money owed by the moneylenders, he was giving ‘Babak Fasal’ to them. He took the longing for sorrow in the tune – “O Sakhina Gechas Kina Bhuila Amare / I run Ahan Riska in Dhaka city!” After that, he presented Sakhina in different songs. For example- ‘The tip of my sister-in-law’s forehead has been wiped away by sweat / Where does the chest go to fight, in the morning she goes to bed, to break bricks.” Or ‘Let’s go to Sakhina Dubai, in Dash with great sorrow.’
To forget the sorrows of the country, all the people of the society know what Sakhinara does or goes in danger when she goes to Dubai. Maybe in the song he wanted to tell the Sakhinas that the stomach rice should be combined or that they should provide it themselves. But after so many things, when that Sakhina goes to someone else’s house, that longing also goes to the song- ‘Sakhina, I got the news of your beer at home, I went home That’s it. ” Did independence liberate the Sakhinas? There is also that question in his song, “Bangladesh’s flame is extinguished, dhiki dhiki jbalere / kande sakhina banu re…”. Maybe the last consolation of Sakhina is crying.
Maybe he was looking for comfort in the song. That trend is seen in pop or catchy songs. Such as- “Parbatipur station / I met you in the year / Twelve years later / I think you are going to the wrong man’s house”; Maybe it’s the comfort of the lyricist or the perception of the singer. The singer has no other destination but the song.
Fakir Alamgir had a vocal presence in some more songs like Sakhina series. For example, in the land of black people / In that black land / Nelson Mandela you / Millions of poems inter-match / Happy birthday তোমার. ”
This song he also sang to Mandola. John Henry was the talk of the town all his life – “His name was John Henry, he was like a living engine.” Along with pop songs, he also wanted to highlight the words of hard working people in his songs. The songs of hardworking people were also in his voice. May May actually be him on various televisions
It could be seen loudly.
Fakir Alamgir was born on February 21, 1950. He passed away in the year of the golden jubilee of independence. He was 61 years old. I will never see him again at Shantahar Junction. No one will open the veil and look at her again. The train of his songs will never stop at the junction of our hearts.
Dear Fakir Alamgir, I did not apologize to you. When Chhatra League was divided into two in the independent country (1972), you went to sing as an artist at the meeting of Jasad Chhatra League. You can do that. I wrote it in one of the writings with reference to your song. You were angry. You haven’t broken your pride every time you’ve seen it. I could talk like you (mimicry) you knew that too and your pride would grow. After the death of Azam Khan, another freedom fighter singer like you, reading my writing broke your pride. One day he called and said, “Artists are old. Not everyone understands two understands one. Artists should not come, some should go to them. ”
Dear Fakir Alamgir, there is no other way open to you. Did the tip of Sakhina’s forehead disappear in sweat wherever you went? Is there a lot of irritation in Krishna’s love? Did Kallu Matbara break the house and take the dear people there? Is there also a wail – ‘Which way to meet him’? Will the broken cry come back there too? Will you meet Sakhina there? Will you forgive me for sending a letter through Sakhina?
If not, there is no harm. The birds of the song think the song is the destination. They do not remember which tree he served. Wherever you go, even if you forget everything, you will sometimes sing in the open throat-
Even today, the sky and air of Bengal are sadly bored
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