People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Ekushey Padak winning renowned singer Subir Nandi at Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday.
Subir Nandi passed away at the age of 66 at a hospital in Singapore on early Tuesday.
Subir’s body was brought back to Dhaka from Singapore on Wednesday morning and taken to Central Shaheed Minar at 11:00am and kept there till noon where people placed floral wreaths on his coffin.
Sammilita Sanskritik Jote arranged the programme.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad, Chhayanaut, Dhaka University, Dhaka University Central Students Union, Bangladesh Awami League, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Dhaka University Alumni Association, Janata Bank Limited and others paid their respects to Subir Nandi.
Honorary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar, eminent singers Kumar Biswajit, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Robi Chowdhury, Rofiqul Alam, Samina Chowdhury, lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar, information minister Hasan Mahmud and others came to pay tributes to Subir.
‘Though Subir Nandi was a renowned singer, he never looked down on anyone. He greeted everyone with a smile. We have learnt a lot from him,’ said Ramendu Majumdar.
‘He was not only a seasoned singer but also a good human being. People will remember him for his outstanding songs, which have touched the hearts of millions of music lovers across the country. He had a good foundation in classical music so he could lend his voice to any genre. His death is an irreparable loss to the country’s music industry,’ said Rezwana Choudhury Bannya.
‘With Subir Nandi’s passing away we have lost yet another legendary singer. He will be remembered forever for his melodious voice,’ said Kumar Biswajit
‘Subir Nandi was a versatile singer who could sing in all genres. His singing style and quality can be compared with Manna Dey,’ said Gazi Mazharul Anwar.
Subir Nandi’s daughter Falguni Nandi said that she was thankful to all those who came to her father’s aid.
‘I want to thank prime minister Sheikh Hasina who did a lot for my father. I also want to thank Dr Samanta Lal Sen for his sincere efforts to coordinate my father’s treatment,’ said Falguni Nandi, adding that she was overwhelmed with gratitude in seeing the huge crowd at Central Shaheed Minar, who went there to pay their respects to Subir Nandi.
Later Subir’s body was taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation and Channel-i office.
Finally, in the afternoon, his body was taken to Baradeshwari Kali Mandir cremation ground at Shabujbagh for his funeral and cremation.
Born in 1953 in Sylhet, Subir Nandi spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. His father was a doctor, and worked as a medical officer at Teliapara Tea Estate.
Subir and his nine siblings learnt music from Ustad Babar Ali Khan. He recorded his first song in 1972, which was written by Mohammad Mozakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem Ali Khan.
The many notable songs he sang included Tumi emoni jaal petecho shongshare, Amar ei duti chokh pathor to noi, Ek je chhilo shonar konya, and O amar ural ponkhire.
In a career spanning over four decades, Subir claimed to have sung 2,000 film songs, the second-highest by any male singer after Andrew Kishore. In 1994, he rendered songs at the House of Commons in England.
Subir Nandi won National Film Award in Best Male Playback Singer category for five times, for his contribution to films Mahanayak (1984), Shuvoda (1986), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Megher Pore Megh (2004) and Mohua Sundori (2015).
He received Ekushey Padak in 2019.