Kalim Sharafee to Sing No More
Tuesday, 02 November 2010

Kalim Sharafee, renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent and cultural revolutionary, passed away at his Baridhara residence. He was 86.

Sharafee died from old-age complications at his home around noon on Tuesday, sources close to his family confirmed to bdnews24.com.

Rabindra Sangeet singer Tapan Mahmud added that Sharafee's body will be kept in the mortuary until the arrival of his children from abroad.

Sharafee leaves behind his wife Noushaba Khatun, a son and a daughter.

Actor Ramendu Majumder told bdnews24.com that Sharafee was suffering from diabetics and high blood pressure.

"He was the pioneer of Rabindra Sangeet in Bangladesh," he said.

Kalim Sharafee was born in Birbhun village of West Bengal on May 8, 1924. In an eventful life he had held various posts, including founding director of state-run Bangladesh Television.

Sharafee first became involved in politics when he joined the Anti-British movements of 1942, at the age of 18.

Sharafee was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1985 and the Shadhinota Padak in 1999.

British global entertainment retail chain HMV released his first album on Ganasangeet in 1946.

Pakistan Radio put a ban on broadcasting his songs on 1958 which prolonged until 1971.

Source: bdnews24.com

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