Shah Abdul Karim , known as the Emperor of Folk
Songs , died of old age complications at a Sylhet hospital this morning. He was
The coffin of the 'Baul Samrat' will be brought to
the Sylhet Shaheed Minar at 1:00pm for the people from all walks of life to pay
their tributes to the poet. Before the death, the legendary folk artist was
kept on artificial life-support system at the Intensive Care Unit after his
condition deteriorated Friday morning, his physician at the Nurjahan General
Hospital said. He was suffering from respiratory problem along with other
complications, his doctor added.
Abdul Karim was born in 1916 in a low land area
(locally known as 'Bhati anchal') called Ujandhol in Sunamganj district. The
place remains submerged almost eight months of a year. Karim never had a chance
to attend any school. Growing up with poverty and hardship, he started
expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from very early age. Ektara, a
traditional single string instrument has been his constant companion. His songs
had spell-binding effects on the people in and around his village, not to
mention his melodic, soothing and pleasingly rustic voice. He was so indulged
in music that unlike other typical Bangladeshis he failed to engage in some
'jobs' and continued entertaining people with his music (by and large, music is
yet to be recognized as a full grown profession in Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina , on Saturday expressed
her deep shock at the death of renowned folk lyricist, singer and composer
`Baul Samrat’ Shah Abdul Karim.
In a condolence message, the
prime minister said the demise of Shah Abdul Karim is an irreparable loss to
the cultural arena of the Bengali nation.
She said the nation will always
remember with respect the contributions of Abdul Karim as a non-communal and
Sheikh Hasina prayed for the
salvation of the departed soul and conveyed her heartfelt sympathy to the
members of the bereaved family.