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Singer Lucky Akhand passes away

DHAKA, April 21, 2017 (BSS) - Eminent singer-composer and freedom fighter Lucky Akhand died of cancer at a city hospital this evening.

The 61-year-old singer breathed his last at Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, hospital sources said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her profound shock at the death of Akhand.

In a condolence message, the prime minister recalled the contribution of Lucky Akhand to the field of music and Liberation War.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique also mourned his death.

In 2015, Lucky Akhand was diagnosed with lung cancer while the legendary singer was later treated in Thailand. He received financial help from the prime minister's fund.

Born on June 18, 1956, Akhand got music lessons at the age of five from his father. He performed in music programs for children on television and radio during 1963-1967. He was enlisted as a music composer of HMV Pakistan when he was 14 and a musician of HMV India at 16.

In 1971, he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra while he was currently serving as the director (music) of Bangladesh Betar.

Akhand started his career with self-titled solo album Lucky Akhand in 1984 under the banner of Sargam. In the 1980s, Akhand was a rage when he came up as a singer, lyricist, composer and music director.

Akhand composed notable songs including "Amaye Deko Na, Ei Neel Monihar and Abar Elo Jey Shondhya" while the veteran singer was associated with the musical band "Happy Touch". Akhand won the first prize in "Modern Bangla Songs" category in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council. "Abar Elo Je Sondha" was used in Bangla film named Ghuddi in 1988.

His composed songs for the album of his brother in which "Abar Elo Je Sondha" and "Ke Bashi Bajaire" sung by Akhand, "Shadinota Tomake Niye", "Pahari Jhorna", sung by Happy Akhand and himself and "Nil Nil Shari Pore" and "Hothat Kore Bangladesh" sung by himself were notable songs.

Akhand stopped his career after the death of his younger brother, Happy Akhand in 1987.

He returned after a decade with two albums named Porichoy Kobe Hobe and Bitrishna Jibone Amar in 1998.

He used contemporary rhythm, folk fusion and his always favorite Spanish fusion in his songs.

Akhand has a daughter Mum Minti.