Azam Khan (singer)

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Azam Khan
Azam Khan
Native name আজম খান
Birth name Mahbubul Haque Khan
Born (1950-02-28)February 28, 1950[1]
Died June 5, 2011(2011-06-05) (aged 61)
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter

Mahbubul Haque Khan (28 February 1950 – 5 June 2011), known as Azam Khan, was a Bangladeshi Rock singer. He was the lead singer of the rock band Uchcharan, founded in 1972. He is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Pop Guru"[1], "Rock Guru", "Rock Shomrat" or simply "Guru".[2]

Career[edit]

Khan was a Bangladeshi Freedom Fighter. He fought in Sector 2 under Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf in the Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.[3] After the war, he entered the music arena. He founded the band Uchcharan in 1972.[4] His first concert was broadcast in 1972 on Bangladesh Television. His pop band earned instant reputation and Azam came to be known as pop samrat. Some of his biggest hits are "Ore Saleka, Ore Maleka", "Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re", "Ami Jare Chaire", "Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi", "Obhimani", "Rail liner bostite", "Hei Allah Hei Allah Re", "Alal O Dulal".

Khan, together with pop music contemporaries Fakir Alamgir, Ferdous Wahid, Firoz Shai, Najma Zaman, and Pilu Momtaz is credited with pioneering and popularizing Bengali pop music.[5] About his career, singer-musician-composer Habib Wahid said, "The history of Bangladeshi Rock Music began with Azam Khan. His songs were very popular in the post-independence Bangladesh, and they haven't lost their appeal at all." Pop star Mila said, "Azam Khan introduced this genre [Rock] to Bangladeshis." Another pop singer Kona said: "Azam Khan's songs have an enduring value. He has inspired generations with his songs." Singer Biplob said that Bengali pop music is synonymous to Azam Khan. "He is our guru." Indie singer-musician-composer Arnob said, "He is not among us anymore but his songs will keep his spirit alive. He'll live forever through his music." Singer Nancy said, "His songs will no doubt inspire us for years to come."[6]

He was also passionate with playing cricket. He had played Dhaka second division league as late as 1998, when he was around 50.

Personal life[edit]

Azam Khan was born at Azimpur on 28 February 1950. His full name is Muhammad Mahbubul Haq Khan. His father Aftabuddin Khan was a government official. His mother Jobeda Begum was a singer.[7] He had great love for music since his childhood. Khan has two daughters, Ima Khan and Aroni Khan.

Death and legacy[edit]

Khan died on 5 June 2011 at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 61.[8] He was suffering from oral cancer which had spread to his lungs. In 2013 Khan's family established Azam Khan Foundation aiming to help destitute artists.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Didi Maa
  • Bangladesh
  • Keu Nai Amar
  • Mixed Album
  • Neel Noyona
  • Kichu Chaoa Kichu Paoa
  • Anamika
  • Ghor Bibagi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b জন্মদিনে আজম খান ফাউন্ডেশন (in Bengali). Prothom Alo. 2013-02-28. Archived from the original on 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ Ali Khan, Morshed (2011-06-06). "Guru No More". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  3. ^ Haque, Maqsoodul (2005). "Notes from Dhaka's historical underground". New Age. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. 
  4. ^ Tanim, Faizul A (2004-04-05). "The Turbulent Evolution of Bangla Rock". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Pop Sensation of Yesteryears Pilu Momtaz Passes Away". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 2011-05-24. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  6. ^ Shazu, Shah Alam (25 July 2011). "How singers of this generation evaluate Azam Khan". The Daily Star. 
  7. ^ "Khan, Azam - Banglapedia". en.banglapedia.org. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Contractors stop govt project work in Kishoreganj". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

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