Bangladesh's acclaimed folk singer and revolutionary freedom fighter Fakir Alamgir has died due to complications from COVID-19. He was 71. According to source info, the singer breathed his last at the United Hospital here on Friday night. His son Mashuque Alamgir Rajeeb said that Alamgir suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at the hospital.
President M. Hamid in his condolence message said that Fakir Alamgir’s music played a pivotal role in the revival of patriotism and the development of the liberation war consciousness among the younger generation. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that he will be remembered for his great role in popularising the Gono Sangeet among people.
Born on February 21, 1950 in Faridpur, Alamgir began his music career in 1966. The singer was a key member of cultural organisations 'Kranti Shilpi Gosthi' and 'Gana Shilpi Gosthi' and played an important role during Bangladesh's 1969 uprising.
During Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War, Alamgir joined the 'Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra' and performed frequently to inspire freedom fighters. Starting his musical journey in 1966, Fakir Alamgir was counted among the most influential artists of modern Bangladeshi music combining the folk music with the western sounds. He was also a writer having published several books in Bangla.