Renowned Bangladeshi media personality and television anchor Ferdous Bappy has been infected with COVID-19 and taken to ICU of a city hospital on Sunday.
“Our friend, a soulful personality, music and art enthusiast, anchor and professional marketeer Ferdous Bappy has been affected with COVID-19 and now in ventilation at Asgar Ali Hospital,” journalist Supan Roy, former Head of Programme of Jamuna Television wrote on his Facebook.
Explaining his worsened condition, Supon added “Both of his lungs got infected. He needs plasma, his blood group is B+. Seeking help for our friend as soon as possible.”
Considered as one of the most versatile television hosts in Bangladesh, Ferdous Bappy earned his fame for being the host for popular quizzing show 'Quiz Quiz' on BTV.
Apart from being one of the country’s pioneering quizmasters for over a decade, Bappy has also hosted numerous musical shows on a number of television channels out of his love for music and also hosted a number of television programmes.
Friday was the ninth death anniversary of iconic Bangladeshi rock star Azam Khan, a legend who is considered a pioneer and one of the greatest music artists in Bangladesh.
His courageous attempt to bring western rock into Bengali music inspired countless youth, fellow music artists and millions of fans and followers who still remember him as the ‘Pop Samrat’ (King of Pop) with utmost love and respect.
Born as Mahbubul Haque Khan on February 28, 1950, Azam Khan earned massive respect from the industry as a versatile singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead singer for the rock band ‘Uchcharon’ in independent Bangladesh.
Before conquering the music scene as the ‘poster boy’ of the Bangladeshi rock scene, Azam Khan also fought for the country as a freedom fighter. He took part in the Liberation War and fought in sector-2 in Dhaka.
On his ninth death anniversary, many of his fellow music artists and fans took to social media to convey their feelings about the legend.
Naquib Khan, another popular singer and frontman of Bangladeshi band Renaissance, wrote on Facebook: “9 years ago, today on 5th June 2011, We lost great singer, pioneer of Pop music in Bangladesh, freedom fighter, wonderful human being Pop Guru Azam Khan, who popularised and driven Band music from so-called urban Elite class to common people of all over Bangladesh. Really miss our dearest Azam Bhai... May Allah grant him Jannah... R.I.P. Ameen [sic]”.
Founder of another popular Bangladeshi rock band ‘Ark’, singer-songwriter-composer Ashiquzzaman Tulu wrote on Facebook: “Azam Bhai, you have always hold love for everyone in your heart and your songs, your soul was very pure, you were a truly humble man who never adopted the celebrity lifestyle like other celebrities - rather always remained simple like other human beings and thus, you have always been ‘unbeaten’, which you will remain forever. Love you, Azam bhai [sic].”
Azam Khan has also sung for many films and acted in ‘Hiramon’ (1986) and ‘Godfather’ (2003). His legendary solo tracks including ‘Rail Line er Oi Bosti te’, ‘Papri Keno Bojhe Na’, ‘Obhimani’, ‘Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi’, ‘Highcourt Er Majare’, ‘Ami Jare Chai re’, ‘Alal O Dulal’, ‘Ore Saleka Ore Maleka’, ‘Jibone Kichu Pabona re’ and many other tracks have cemented his legacy in Bangladeshi music industry.
Apart from being a freedom fighter and rock icon, he also played professional cricket as a passionate cricketer in the second division league of Dhaka in 1998, at the age of 48.
For his immense contribution to Bengali music, Azam Khan was posthumously awarded the second highest civilian honour award "Ekushey Padak" in 2019.
Azam Khan died on June 5, 2011 at the Combined Military Hospital (Dhaka) at the age of 61, after a long battle with oral cancer. Till date, he is remembered with utmost respect among his fans, peers, followers and mostly the common people - whom he always portrayed and voiced in his superhit tracks.
Masudul Haque Liton, 45, the vocalist of popular band Steeler, passed away due to brain stroke on Thursday in Chattogram.
Family sources said Liton felt unwell and suffered a brain stroke at home on Thursday afternoon. He was immediately taken to Metropolitan Hospital where doctor pronounced him dead at 5 pm, they added.
His popular song ‘Tomaro Chokher Anginay' made the music lovers happy in early 2000.
Starting his musical journey in 1986, Liton and his band ‘Steeler’ from Chattogram came into the spotlight through the ‘Benson and Hedges Star Search 2000’.
He is best known for his widely popular song ‘Tumi Ki Amay Ager Moto Basho Valo’ from the album ‘Mon Jole’, released in 2016.
The song was tuned by legendary singer-musician Ayub Bachchu, another Bangladeshi artist and rock legend from Liton’s hometown Chattogram.
Media public relations company Show Entertainment Biz has announced to host a series of professional workshops on lyric writing, photography, electro dance music, sound engineering, and music marketing.
“Some of these courses are not available at any school or college or even universities. But they have global demands,” the company said in a statement.
Certificates will be given after successful completion of the professional courses. The main idea is “learn fun and earn”, Show Entertainment said.
Next week, the company plans to host a ‘Seminar on Sound Engineering’ where musicians will appear as guests. Sound engineer Shamim Ahmed, a colleague of Bangladeshi legend Ayub Bacchu, will host the seminar, the company said.
The participants will talk about the music industry, sound design, sound engineering schooling and many more topics. The live show will provide an opportunity for musicians, fans, recording studios and event organisers to share their problems.
Show Entertainment Biz said they will help rising musicians perform during their live session every Thursday.
Anyone can join the workshops by simply registering from the event link of the company’s Facebook page.
The Business Star is the media partner of the programmes.
Popular singer Topu has urged people to join the battle to help people affected by coronavirus outbreak through donation and support.
The singer joined live musical session of Resource Co-ordination Network Bangladesh (RCNB) presents 'Music Against Hunger' from his official Facebook page on Sunday.
"People are suffering all over the world due to this pandemic. The privileged community should lend support to the sufferers. I’ve always been loved by my fans and from that responsibility, I joined hands to support as much I can with my abilities as an artist," Topu told UNB.
When asked about his first-ever live musical session on Facebook, Topu said, "With the team of 'Music Against Hunger', I, along with three other popular musicians - Rafa, Tahsan and Minar - performed in solo live sessions on Facebook on May 23 and 24. This has been a continuous part of a charity concert series which will continue in future and collect donations from home and abroad for the pandemic victims."
Bangladesh has been grappling with an increasing number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The country’s confirmed cases stood at 33,610 on Sunday with 480 deaths.
The government announced a general holiday from March 26 to slow down the transmission of the virus, putting millions out of job.
Topu said he has collaborated with T-shirt brand 'GoodyBro' to launch his signature printed T-shirts.
“Our slogan is "Buy a T-shirt, feed a family" - as a T-shirt worth Tk 500 is equivalent to providing a day’s meal to a family. This isn’t for business,” he clarified, adding that he handed over a cheque of Tk 51,500 to RCNB on May 19.
“I’m also donating from my part to the fund to help people," Topu said.
During his one-hour live acoustic session, the singer covered his hit numbers at the request of his fans. Topu thanked RCNB and the organisers from 'Music Against Hunger' for providing technical support.
RCNB, the organiser, said the fundraising concert is an opportunity to extend a helping hand to those who have been financially affected in Bangladesh during the pandemic.
Food items will be distributed to the needy people in different districts through the fundraising concerts. According to the organisers, the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh will distribute the collected money.
Financial assistance can be sent to the Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh's Prime Bank (account number 2503116000594).
Volunteer organisation Dhroopad will be accepting and distributing all concert proceeds collected from outside Bangladesh. International donors can donate to the campaign through PayPal at email@example.com.