Shah Abdul Karim

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Shah Abdul Karim
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Karim in his later life
Native name
শাহ আবদুল করিম
Born(1916-02-15)15 February 1916
Died12 September 2009(2009-09-12) (aged 93)
Sylhet, Bangladesh
Other names
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
GenresBaul, folk
InstrumentsVocal, ektara

Shah Abdul Karim (15 February 1916 — 12 September 2009)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi Baul musician. Dubbed "Baul Samrat", he was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 by the Government of Bangladesh.[3][4] Some of his notable songs include Murshid Dhono He Kemone Chinibo Tomare, Nao Banailo Banailo Re Kon Mestori, Ashi Bole Gelo Bondhu and Mon Mojale Ore Bawla Gaan.[5] He referred to his compositions as Baul Gaan.[5]

Early life[edit]

Karim was born on 15 February 1916 in Derai Thana, in Sylhet.[5] He first learnt music from Baul Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh.[5] In 1957, Karim had started living in Ujan Dhol, a village near his home, with his wife, Sarala Bibi.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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

Karim died in Sylhet on 12 September 2009 due to respiratory problems.[2]

Works[edit]

Karim wrote and composed over 1600 songs.[5] The Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into the English language.[6]

Karim's songs are organized in six books:

  • Aftab Sangeet (1948)
  • Gano Sangeet (1957)
  • Kalnir Dheu (1981)
  • Dholmela (1990)
  • Bhatir Chithi (1998)
  • Kalnir Kooley (2001)[5]

Notable songs[edit]

  • Jhil Mil Jhil Mil Kore re
  • 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
  • Periti Modur Milona
  • Ar Kichu Chay Na Mone Gaan Chara
  • Notun Preme Mon Mojaia Korilam Ki Mosto Vul
  • Murshid Dhono He Kemone Chinibo Tomare
  • Bondhure Koi Pabo Shokhi Go
  • Mon Mojale Ore Bawla Gan
  • Shokhi Tora Prem Koriona
  • nao banailo banailo re kon mestori

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shah Abdul Karim's 97th birth anniversary celebrated". The Daily Star. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  2. ^ a b "'Baul Samrat' Abdul Karim laid to rest". The Daily Star. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  3. ^ "'Baul king' Shah Abdul Karim buried". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  4. ^ "একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ" [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "10th death anniversary of Shah Abdul Karim". The Daily Star. 2019-09-12. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  6. ^ Karim Waheed (2006-05-18). "Musical tribute to a living legend -- Shah Abdul Karim". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-02-17.