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Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim’s 10th death anniversary today. Different socio and cultural organisations will chalk out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
He was Born on February 15, 1916, at Ujan Dhol village in Derai Upazila of Sunamganj, Abdul Karim led a very simple life. He was raised in a musical family.
Growing up in poverty and facing hardship, he did not like to attend school and started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from a very early age. As he was growing up, he received training on spiritual and Baul music from Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh, who was from Sreepur Peer Mohol.
Ektara, a traditional single string musical instrument, had always been his constant companion. He is a very popular musician around the country, especially in the Bhati area. However, poverty forced him to seek work in agricultural farms.
Abdul Karim is famous in the remote village area for the very long time but gets popularity in city area only a few years ago when some newcomer singer established themselves by singing his song.
Shah Abdul has written and composed over 1,600 songs, which were compiled into six books. These books are – Aftab Sangeet (1948), Gono Sangeet (1957), Kalnir Dheu (1981), Dholmela (1990), Bhatir Chithi (1998) and Kalnir Kooley (2001).
Some of his notable songs are “Murshid Dhono He Kemone Chinibo Tomare,” “Nao Banailo Banailo Re Kon Mestori,” “Ashi Bole Gelo Bondhu,” “Bonde Maya Lagaise,” “Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu,” “Gari Cholena Cholena,” “Ami Koolhara Kolonkini,” “Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataitam,” and “Mon Mojale Ore Bawla Gaan”, among many others.
He also wrote Gono Sangeet (songs of the masses), through which he expressed his feelings about the sufferings of mankind in a capitalist society.
He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. He also received the Drouhee Kotha-Shahitayk Abdur Rouf Choudhury Award in 2000. For the first time in 2007, a book based on his life and work was published in the lifetime of Shah Abdul Karim.
Before of death, Shah Abdul Karim was honoured with the title of Baul Samrat. He died of respiratory problems in Sylhet on September 12, 2009.
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