Shah Abdul Karim

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This article is about a Bangladeshi poet. For the Sindhi Sufi poet, see Shah Abdul Karim Bulri.
Shah Abdul Karim
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Shah Abdul Karim in his later life
Background information
Born (1916-02-15)February 15, 1916[1]
Origin Ujan Dhol, Derai, Sunamganj,
Sylhet, Bangladesh
Died September 12, 2009(2009-09-12) (aged 93)
Genres Baul, folk
Instruments Ektara

Shah Abdul Karim (Bengali: শাহ আবদুল করিম; February 15, 1916 — September 12, 2009) was a Baul musician from Bangladesh. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in the year 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. His contribution reflected by the modern singer Habib Wahid. He also received Drouhee Kotha-Shahitayk Abdur Rouf Choudhury Award in 2000. He died in Sylhet on 12 September 2009 at 7:58 am Bangladesh time due to respiratory problems.[2]

Early life[edit]

Karim was born on February 15, 1916 in Ujan Dhol village, Derai Thana, in Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division. Growing up with poverty and hardship, he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from very early age. Ektara, a traditional single string instrument has been his constant companion. However, poverty forced him to get into agricultural labour. As he was growing up, he received training on spiritual and baul music only from Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh. Mastan was from Sreepur Peer Mohol.

Personal life[edit]

Karim had a son named Shah Nur Jalal.[1]

Works[edit]

Karim wrote and composed over 1500 songs.[3] These songs are organized in six books - Aftab Sangeet, Gano Sangeet, Kalnir Dheu, Dholmela, Bhatir Chithi and Kalnir Kooley. Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into English language.[citation needed]

Notable songs[edit]

  • Jil Mil Jil Mil Kore
  • Bonde Maya Lagaise
  • Ashi Bole Gelo Bondhu
  • Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu
  • Gari Cholena Cholena
  • Ami Koolhara Kolonkini
  • Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataitham
  • Ami Tomar Koler Gari
  • Shokhi Kunjo Shajao
  • Ailai Na Ailai Na
  • Boshonto Batashey
  • Krishno Aila Radhar Kunje
  • Tumi bine akul poran
  • Ager Bahaduri Ekhon Gelo Koi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shah Abdul Karim's 97th birth anniversary celebrated". The Daily Star. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  2. ^ "'Baul Samrat' Abdul Karim laid to rest". The Daily Star. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Karim Waheed (2006-05-18). "Musical tribute to a living legend -- Shah Abdul Karim". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 

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