The body of renowned singer Subir Nandi was brought back home on Wednesday morning. The mortal remains were flown from Singapore on a Regent Airways flight that landed around 6:30am. Subir’s body was taken to his residence in Green Road and then will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar to allow people to pay their last respects.
It will be later taken to Ramkrishna mission. The cremation will take place at Bardeshwari Kali Temple and crematorium at noon.
The Ekushey Padak winner was taken to Singapore on April 30 at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s direction, two weeks after he was admitted to Combined Military Hospital following a heart attack.
Born in 1953 in Sylhet, Subir spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. His father was a doctor and medical officer at Teliapara Tea Estate.
Subir and his nine siblings learnt music from Ustad Babar Ali Khan. He recorded his first song in 1972. It was written by Mohammed Muzakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem.
Since then, he sang notable songs like ‘Tumi Emoni Jaal Petecho Shongshare’,’Amar Ei Duti Chokh Pathor To Noi’,’Ek Je Chilo Sonar Konna’, and ‘O Amar Ural Ponkhire’, among others.
In a career spanning over four decades, Subir claimed to have sung 2,000 film songs – the second-highest by any male singer after Andrew Kishore. In 1994, he rendered songs at the House of Commons.
Subir Nandi won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer five times for ‘Mahanayak’ (1984), ‘Shuvoda’ (1986), ‘Srabon Megher Din’ (1999), ‘Megher Pore Megh’ (2004) and ‘Mohua Sundori’ (2015).
His illustrious career also earned him the Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh’s second-highest civilian award, in 2019.