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Folk singer Bari Siddiqui no more

24 November 2017, 11:33:00

Noted folk singer and composer Bari Siddiqui died at a city hospital early Friday. He was 63.

He breathed his last at Square Hospitals around 2:30am, Shabbir Siddiqui, son of Bari Siddiqui, told it.

The noted singer had been on life support at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital since Saturday.

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Earlier on Friday last, Bari Siddiqui, who had been suffering from kidney-related problems for a couple of years, was admitted to the hospital on Friday night after he fell unconscious following a chest pain.

Siddiqui was born in 1954 in Netrokona. He took lessons in music at an early age in his family. He also trained under artiste Gopal Dutta in his early days. Aminur Rahman, Dabir Khan, Panna Lal Ghosh were some of his teachers as well.

Ustad Aminur Rahman offered to coach him after his performance at a concert. The training continued for six years. 

Siddiqui got involved with the Netrokona Shilpakala Academy in the 1970s. He started studying Dhrupad, a genre in classical music, under the guidance of Ustad Gopal Dutta.

Eventually the singer started taking interest in flute and took training.

Siddiqui received guidance from Indian guru Pandit Bhiji Kanard in Pune in the 1990s, and upon return to Bangladesh, he started composing songs blending folk and Dhrupad.

The late director and writer Humayun Ahmed was impressed by Siddiqui when he played flute on his birthday at his home in 1993. He found songs of Rashid Uddin Baul and Ukil Munshi to be the best in Siddiqui’s voice.

Siddiqui touched the hearts of millions after his song ‘amar gaye joto dukkho shoy’ (the sadness that comes upon me) was broadcast on BTV.

Siddiqui’s songs from Ahmed’s box office hit ‘Srabon Megher Din’ became widely popular in 1999. The singer took part in the World Flute Summit held in Geneva the same year.

He won the Bachsas Award for his music direction in the film, Srabon Megher Din (1999), for the song Showa Chan Pakhi. He released a folk album, ‘Lokhkho Tara’, in 2000.

Siddiqui is also proud holder of a dozen albums.

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