Eminent artist Bashir Ahmed passed away in Dhaka last week due to cancer. He was a singer, musician and lyricist of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Bashir was a popular name in playback singing in the decade of 60s for films mainly made in Dhaka. His most famous film was Darshan in 1967, in which he worked as singer, lyricist and musician. He created a unique record when he sang, composed music and penned all 8 songs in film Darshan in 1967 and most of them were super his. His last film in Pakistan was Hill Station in 1972.
Some of the present time’s popular singers were direct students of Bashir Ahmed. Among them are Konokchanpa, Baby Nazneen and Shakila Zafar. Apart from his relatives, many fans of Bashir Ahmed gathered there, but unfortunately his student-singers did not appear.
"It’s so painful that popular singers did not come to pay homage to the legendary Bashir Ahmed," said veteran singer Apel Mahmud.
Bashir Ahmed also sang with country’s present top singer Sabina Yasmin titled Aha Ki Je Sundor in Moner Moto Bou (1969). He has been awarded with National Award for music composition in 2003 for the film Kokhono Megh Kokhono Bristy and much more.
There are many famous songs either sung or composed by him. The lyrics are also written by Bashir Ahmed. The songs included Yeh Mausam Yeh Mast Nazare, Film: Darshan, Artist: Shabnam, Rehman, Tumharay Liye, Film: Darshan, Artist: Shabnam, Rehman.
Prominent singer Bashir Ahmed passed away at his Mohammadpur residence in the city on Saturday night. He was 75. He had been suffering from cancer. He will be buried at Mohammadpur central graveyard after Namaz-e-Janaza on Sunday morning.