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Abdul Jabbar



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Kushtia,Bangladesh (1938 – present)

Born in Kushtia,Bangladesh in 1938, spurred on by his mother, Abdul Jabbar plunged headlong into the world of music. In his teens, he played both football and cricket and entertained the spectators with his sonorous voice on the same ground after winning the match. Later, after passing his SSC examination in 1956, he formally learned music from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutfel Haque.

“A person with a melodious voice, will flourish sooner or later,” believes Jabbar.

In 1958, he became an enlisted singer at Bangladesh Betar (Radio) and did the playback for Bangla films from 1962. In 1964 when Bangladesh Television (BTV) embarked on its journey, he was naturally signed up as his fame had grown by leaps and bounds in the meantime.

The very first song he sang and composed for Bangladesh Betar was “Hariye elam kothay bolo amar shey shathitirey”, written by poet Azizur Rahman. Along with Ferdausi Rahman he playbacked in a duet “Tumi achho kachhey”for the film Notun Shur, directed by Ehtesham and composed by Robin Ghosh.

In the film “Etotuku Aasha”, Jabbar playbacked for the popular song “Tumi ki dekhechho kobhu”, written and composed by Dr. Muniruzzaman and Satya Shaha respectively. That was his debut song aired on BTV.

Jabbar is credited as a playback singer of the ’60s and ’70s. Among them “O rey nil doriya” (Sareng Bou); “Khelaghar barey barey keno bhengey jaay” (Chhadmabeshi); “E prithibi amar proshno shono” (Nacher Putul); “Dukkho korona bandhu tomra” (Aalor Michhil); “Amon korey bolo na go tumi” (duet with Runa Laila in the film Iman) are highly popular.

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