Iconic folk singer Abdur Rahman Boyati diesErshad Kamol
Ekushey Padak winning folk singer Abdur Rahman Boyati died Monday morning in a hospital in the city after suffering from old age complications. He was 74.
The iconic singer who his whole life searched for the existence of God through his mystic songs died at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital at around 7:30am.
Earlier on April 24, he had been admitted to the hospital with serious neurological and urological problems, Sharifa Sultan, an official of the hospital, which gave free treatment to the ailing singer for the past few years, told New Age.
Rahman Boyati is survived by his six children.
‘His body will be stored in the BIRDEM mortuary. Tomorrow [Tuesday] the body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at about 11:00am to allow fans to pay tribute, the singer’s son Alam Rahman, said.
His first namaz-e janaza will be held at the Dhaka University mosque after zuhr prayers. His second namaz-e janaza will be held at the mosque near his village residence at Mirdhabari in Matuail.
Following his third namaz-e janaza that will be held at the Doyaganj mosque after the asr prayers, Boyati will be buried beside the graves of his parents at Doyaganj Panchayet graveyard, complying with his last wish, his son said.
Born on January 1 in 1939 at Doyaganj in Old Dhaka, Abdur Rahman Boyati started practicing mystic songs at an early age.
He was introduced to the mystic dehatatya genre (which searches the existence of the Lord in the body of human beings) from mystic bard Alauddin Boyati. Rahman Bayati upheld the spirit of the philosophy throughout his life and works.
Alauddin Boyati was the composer of Rahman Boyati’s signature song ‘Mon amar dehoghori sandhan kori kon mistori banaiyase.’
Abdur Rahman Boyati made his debut at a local concert in 1956 at the age of 17. Henceforward, his powerful presence in the country’s traditional folk music has strongly enriched the genre.
For his unique presentation style he was recognised as a singer more than a baul nationally and internationally.
In his long journey of over five decades in music, Boyati released around 500 solo albums and 200 mixed ones.
After the independence of the country, it was iconic filmmaker Khan Ataur Rahman who engaged Boyati in playback songs. He lent his voice to hundreds of playback songs in Bangla films.
Boyati also used to perform in Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television.
In 1982, Boyati formed his own troupe named Abdur Rahman’s group.
The folk singer and lyricist performed in concerts almost everywhere in the country. He also performed live in around 40 countries across the world including, USA, UK, former Soviet Union, China, Japan, Austria, Canada, India, and Australia.
He was perhaps the only Bangladeshi singer who got the rare invitation to perform in the White House in USA after being invited by the former American President George H.W. Bush in 1990.
The singer, however, suffered a lot during his last years because of severe financial constraints. He could barely afford the expenses for treatment of his prolonged neurological and urological problems.
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