Zulfiqer Russell

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Zulfiqer Russell
জুলফিকার রাসেল
Zulfiqer Russell 01.jpg
Born (1977-11-13) 13 November 1977 (age 43)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materDhaka City College
Occupation
  • Songwriter
  • poet
  • journalist
Known forLyricist and journalist
Notable work
Written the official ICC world cup song O Prithibi Ebar Ese Bangladesh Nao Chine
Spouse(s)Tina Russell[citation needed]
Awards
Websitewww.zulfiqerrussell.com
Signature
Zulfiqer Russell Signature.png

Zulfiqer Russell (Bengali: জুলফিকার রাসেল; born 13 November 1977) is a much admired Bangladeshi lyricist and journalist. He is currently the editor of the popular online news site, The Bangla Tribune. He won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the film Putro (2018).[1] He was the winner of the Citycell-Channel i Music Award in 2008, 2010, and 2013[2] and also received the Mirchi Music Awards (Bangla) award for the Song of the Year in the Modern Song category for, "Shabuj Chilo".[3] On 2020 he was awarded CJFB Performance Award 2019 as best lyricist.[4]He had also worked with renowned Indian singers and composers including Grammy and Academy Award (Oscar) winner musician A. R. Rahman. He wrote the official theme song ‘Ektai Achhe Desh[5][6]’ of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Independence sang by fifty renowned singers of Bangladesh.

Early life and education[edit]

Zulfiqer Russell was born on 13 November 1977, in the Dhaka District of Bangladesh. He is the son of Abdus Salam (father) and Saleha Begum (mother). He studied at the Muslim Modern Academy, and graduated from Dhaka City College.

Career[edit]

At the beginning of 1993, Russell's poems were featured in a number of publications including Ajker Kagoj. His first poem was "Kofine Ojoggo Purush". He also started writing songs both independently, and with other lyricists and musicians such as Moni Zaman from the band Symphony, and Bappa Mazumder.[7] In addition to working with fellow Bangladeshi artists, he also worked with singers and composers of West Bengal including Nachiketa, Palak Muchhal, Rupankar Bagchi, Indrajit Dey, Tunai Debasish Ganguly and is now well known for his lyrics among Indian audiences.[8] He wrote the official welcome song "O Prithibi Ebar Ese Bangladesh Nao Chine" for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup held in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka.[2][9] He penned around thousand songs since 1994, many of which were sung by prominent artists. He was one of the top lyricists of the year 2011.[10]

Zulfiqer Russell receiving Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Lyrics 2018 from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Zulfiqer Russell receiving Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Lyrics 2018 from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina[11]

Russell is currently the editor of the Bangla Tribune, and has previously written for publications such as The Daily Ittefaq and The Daily Janakantha. He has also worked for Maasranga Television and Bangla newspapers, Daily Amader Shomoy, Ajker Kagoj and Banglabazar Patrika.[citation needed]

In addition to working with fellow Bangladeshi artists, He has also worked with renowned Indian singers and composers including Grammy and Academy Award (Oscar) winner musician A R Rahman, he is the first Bangladeshi lyricist who collaborated with A R Rahman. He also work with Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Javed Ali, Palak Muchhal, Benny Dayal, Zubin Garg, Nachiketa, Anjan Dutt, Indranil Sen, Rupankar Bagchi, Raghab Chatterjee, Anwesha, Chinmoyee, Iman Chakrabarty. Zulfiqer Russell wrote the official theme song ‘Ektai Achhe Desh[12][13]’ of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Independence sang by fifty renowned singers of Bangladesh. He wrote a theme song 'Joy Bangabandhu' in the Hindi language for the state ceremony on the hundred-year celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This song is composed and sung by Academy award winner A. R. Rahman. Zulfiqer Russell wrote another theme song ‘Hoyeche ki Sonar Bangla’ for the state ceremony on the hundred-year celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He places himself as Publicity and Publication Secretary of Music Alliance Bangladesh (Sangeet Oikko Bangladesh[14]).

He is also active in a various organisation like the Lyricists Association of Bangladesh (Geetikobi Shongho) where he places himself as Organizing Secretary.[15][16] By this platform they want amendments on copyright law to stop the unauthorized use of lyrics.[17]

Film appearance[edit]

Discography[edit]

Released Album Artist Tune/Composition Music Arrangements Production Company
January 1997 Onnorokom Valo Ahmed Faisal Moni Zaman Moni Zaman Sangeeta
December 1999 Akash Chhoa Shampa Reza Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
December 2001 Ekoi Shohore Bappa Mazumder & Jewel Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
February 2002 Apekhkhay Theko Kumar Bishwajit, Baby Naznin, Samina Chowdhury, Kanakchapa, Shampa Reza, Jewel, Bappa Mazumder, Asif & Kaniz Suborna Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
May 2002 Aaj Brishti Namuk Baby Naznin, Fahmida Nabi, Shampa Reza, Jewel, Biplob, Bappa, Asif, Pancham, Amitav Kaisar Bappa Mazumder, Biplob, Pancham, Apu Bappa Mazumder, Biplob, Pancham, Apu Soundtek
November 2003 Firti Pothey Jewel Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder
February 2004 Chhelemanushi Asif, Agoon & Bappa Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
May 2004 Du' Poshla Brishti Indranil Sen (India) & Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
February 2005 Swapnorani Asif & Kaniz Suborna Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
April 2005 Ichchhe Korei Ekshathey Anjan Dutt (India) & Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
January 2006 Aanchor Fahmida Nabi, Shakila Zafar, Jewel, Tipu, Bappa Mazumder & S I Tutul Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul Aarshi, Agnivenna & G Series
September 2007 Abar Pothe Dekha Anjan Dutt (India), Bappa Mazumder & S I Tutul Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul Soundtek
April 2008 Bhango Moner Dana Bappa Mazumder, Jewel & Indranil Sen (India) Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder Soundtek
September 2008 Kheyal Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul & Arnob Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul Bappa Mazumder, S I Tutul ATN Music
September 2009 Phoring Fahmida Nabi, Bappa Mazumder, Mahadi & Bishwajit Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder ATN Music
February 2010 Ek Mutho Gaan Bappa Mazumder & Fahmida Nabi Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder ATN Music
August 2010 Poroshpor Samina Chowdhury, Fahmida Nabi, Bappa Mazumder & Rupankar Bappa Mazumder Bappa Mazumder ATN Music
July 2012 Akash Debo Kaakey Tareen, Tapan Chowdhury, Raghab, Rupankar & Ibrar Tipu Joy Sarker, Bappa Mazumder, Rupankar, Ibrar Tipu & Belal Khan Joy Sarker, Indrajit Dey, Bappa Mazumder, Ibrar Tipu & Mushfiq Litu
August 2012 Poroshpor-2 Samina Chowdhury, Kumar Bishwajit, Sonu Nigam (India) & Javed Ali (India) Joy Sarker, Pilu Khan & Rupankar Joy Sarker & Indrajit Dey Agniveena & G Series
July 2013 Ichchhe Hoy Fahmida Nabi Naquib Khan & Pilu Khan Tamal Chakrabarty
October 2013 Cholo Baanchi, Benche Thakar Moto, Type: Soft Melody Samina Chowdhury Naquib Khan, Pilu Khan, Rupankar & Raghab Indrajit Dey & Tamal Chakrabarty
July 2014 Aaj Ki Brishti Hobe Tina Raghab Chatterjee, Ibrar Tipu & Belal Khan Indrajit Dey & Tamal Chakrabarty Laser Vision
Bari Ferar Tara Raghab Chatterjee Raghab Chatterjee Indrajit Dey & Tamal Chakrabarty
Aaraley Kanakchapa Naquib Khan, Moinul Islam Khan & Pilu Khan Tamal Chakrabarty
August 2014 Benche Thakar Jonne Rupankar Bagchi Rupankar Bagchi Indrajit Dey
February 2015 Neel Jhinuker Kham Fahmida Nabi & Rupankar Bagchi Rupankar Bagchi Indrajit Dey
July 2015 Ekta Bondhu Chai Samina Chowdhury & Raghab Raghab Chatterjee Indrajit Dey & Tamal Chakrabarty Laser Vision
September 2016 Amar Ichchhe Kothay Imran & Palak Muchhal Imran Mahmudul Imran Mahmudul Soundtek
June 2017 Benche Thakar Maane Nachiketa Nachiketa Tunai Debasish Ganguly Aasha Audio
November 2017 Lage Buke Lage Imran Mahmudul & Anwesshaa Imran Mahmudul Imran Mahmudul Dhruba Music
January 2018 Bhalo Theko Jayati Chakraborty Nachiketa Tunai Debasish Ganguly Aasha Audio
February 2019 Shesh Din Tahsan & Tina Russell Tahsan Khan Sajid Sarker CD Choice
December 2019 Keno Eto Bhabcho Imran & Palak Muchhal Imran Mahmudul Imran Mahmudul Soundtek
December 2020 Chokher Bhetor Tina Russell Ridwan Nabi Pancham Ridwan Nabi Pancham ZuTi Music
February 2021 Parbo Na[18][19] Tina Russell Tunai Debasish Ganguly Tunai Debasish Ganguly ZuTi Music

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Outcome
2008 Bangladesh Cultural Reporters Association Best Lyricist Won
Citycell-Channel i Music Awards Won
2009 Dhaka Cultural Reporters Unity Won
2010 Citycell-Channel i Music Awards Won
2013 Won
2017 Mirchi Music Awards Bangla Song of the year (Modern song) Won
2018 Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Lyrics Best Lyricist Won
2019 CJFB Performance Award Best Lyricist Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Film Award winners announced". Dhaka Tribune. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "5th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards". The Daily Star. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Zulfiqer Russell receives Mirchi Music Award". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ "This time those who received the Euro-CJFB Performance Award". 27 July 2020.
  5. ^ "A R Rahman composes and sings for Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  6. ^ "'Music is an universal phenomenon'". The Asian Age. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Fahmida Nabi, Zulfiqar Russell at Aamar Ami". The New Nation. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ Russell, Zulfiqer (31 March 2018). "A Cup of Coffee with Zulfiqer Russell". The Daily Star (Interview). Interviewed by Sadi Mohammad Shahnewaz. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ বিশ্বকাপ ক্রিকেটের স্বাগত সংগীত [World Cup Cricket Welcome Music.]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ Shazu, Shah Alam (5 January 2012). "2011 In Music". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  11. ^ "National Film Award winners announced". Dhaka Tribune. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  12. ^ "A R Rahman composes and sings for Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  13. ^ "'Music is an universal phenomenon'". The Asian Age. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Geetikobi Songho calls for amendments to copyright law". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  15. ^ গীতিকবি সংঘের কার্যনির্বাহী কমিটিতে যাঁরা আছেন [Those who are in the executive committee of the Lyricists Association of Bangladesh.]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  16. ^ "'Geeti Kobi Shongho' starts journey". Daily Sun. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Geetikobi Songho calls for amendments to copyright law". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Tina Russell drops music video for Valentine's Day". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  19. ^ মুম্বাইয়ে চিত্রায়িত টিনার ‘পারব না’. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 10 February 2021.

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