MNA Feature Desk: The 58th death anniversary of Abbasuddin Ahmed, one of the most celebrated voices in Bengali folk music, is being observed across the country.
Bangladesh Television will broadcast the sole tribute show in the evening. It will be attended by Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, his youngest son, and Ferdausi Rahman, his daughter.
Abbasuddin Ahmed was born in October 1901 at the Tufanganj subdivision of Cooch Behar in India. Originally a self-taught composer-singer, his formal education in music came in his later life, with Ustad Jamiruddin Khan.
Abbasuddin Ahmed specialised in Bhawaiya songs but he was quite well-versed in other forms of folk genre including Jaari, Sari, Bhatiyali, Murshidi, Bichchhedi, Marsiya, Dehatattwa, and Pala Gaan.
He recorded over 100 songs of Kazi Nazrul, including Laili Tomar Eshechhey Phiriya.
He died on 30 December 1959. For his contributions to music, he received several posthumous awards including the Pride of Performance in 1960, Shilpakala Academy Award in 1979, and Independence Day Award in 1981.