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Biography

Subir Nandi (19 November 1953 – 7 May 2019) was a Bangladeshi playback singer.

He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer five times for his performance in the films Mahanayak (1984), Shuvoda (1986), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Megher Pore Megh (2004) and Mohua Sundori (2015). He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2019 by the Government of Bangladesh.

Nandi was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. His father was a doctor and medical officer at Teliapara Tea Estate. Subir has nine siblings. All ten of them learnt music from Ustad Babar Ali Khan. He grew up listening to Pankaj Mullick, Kundan Lal Saigal, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, and Manna Dey. In 1972, Subir recorded his first song, Jodi Keu Dhup Jele Dai, written by Mohammed Muzakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem.

Nandi's musical career started since 1970s. He sang notable songs like "Tumi Emoni Jaal Petecho Shongshare","Amar Ei Duti Chokh Pathor To Noi","Ek Je Chilo Sonar Konna","O Amar Ural Ponkhire". His work in the film Mahanayak (1984) was his breakthrough. He also received his first national film award in his career. He went on singing songs like Shrabon Megher Din and Megher Opare Megh. He was awarded National Film Award for both of the films. In an interview with BTV he claimed that he had sung already 2000 film songs setting the record of second highest number of songs sung by any male singer only after Andrew Kishore.
In 1994, Nandi sang at the House of Commons in United Kingdom.

Nandi performed on radio, television, film and live at stage. He initiated his career in 1972 with the song Jodi Keu Dhup Jele Dai. It was composed by Ustad Mir Kasem and the lyricist was Mohammed Muzakker. He sang Din Jaye Kotha Thake, a song from a film with the same title. The lyrics were written by Khan Ataur Rahman. He composed the song.

1970's history: Nandi learnt folk music from Bidit Lal Das, a Bangladeshi folk singer. Nandi was member of a musical band named Bidit Lal Das & His Team. The band was founded in 1972. Other members were Akramul Islam, Jamaluddin Banna, Rakhal Chakrabarty, Himangshu Goswami, Himangshu Biswas and many others.

Nandi's career spans almost four decades. Since the beginning, he has collaborated with most of the music directors of our country. He worked with yesteryear composers such as Alauddin Ali, Prodeep Saha, Satya Saha, Somor Das, Sheikh Saadi Khan, Alam Khan as well as with the new generation youngsters such as Habib Wahid, S. I. Tutul, Bappa Majumdar, Emon Saha, Showkat Ali Emon, Kabir Bokul etc. He has sung duets with all of his contemporary female artists such as Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin, Ferdousi Rahman, Kanak Chapa, Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Rijia Parveen etc.

Nandi married in 1981.

Awards

Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer; 1984, 1986, 1999, 2004, 2015
Citibank Lifetime Achievement award; 2012
Bangladesh Film Journalist Association awards; 1977, 1982, 1985 and 1986
Ekushey Padak for music; 2019

Works

Studio albums

Dukher Pore Shukh
Prem Bole Kichu Nei
Valobasha Kokhono Morena
Surer Bhubone
Ganer Sure Amay Pabe 2015

Films

Devdas (1982)
Mahanayak (1984)
Simana Periye (1985)
Ammajan (1999)
Srabon Megher Din (1999)
Megher Opare Megh (2004)
Shudha (2004)
Shasti (2006)

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