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Subir Nandi

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

Early life

Nandi was born in Sylhet in present-day Bangladesh. He spent his childhood in Dhaka and Kolkata. His father was a doctor and medical officer at Teliapara Tea Estate. Nandi has eight siblings. All nine 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, Nandi recorded his first song, Jodi Keu Dhup Jele Dai, written by Mohammed Muzakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem.

Career

Nandi’s musical career started since 1970s. His work in the film Mahanayak (1984) made him got the breakthrough and also received his first national film award. He went on singing songs like Shrabon Megher Din and Megher Opare Megh. 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 1972, Nandi recorded his first song, Jodi Keu Dhup Jele Deye, written by Mohammed Muzakker and composed by Ustad Mir Kasem. In 1979, he sang Din Jaye Kotha Thake from a film with the same title. The lyrics were written by Khan Ataur Rahman.

Nandi learnt folk music from Bidit Lal Das, a folk singer. Nandi became a member of a musical band named Bidit Lal Das and His Team, founded in 1972. Other members included Akramul Islam, Jamaluddin Banna, Rakhal Chakrabarty, Himangshu Goswami and Himangshu Biswas.

In 1994, Nandi rendered songs at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

Personal life

Nandi married Purabi Nandi in 1981. Together they had a daughter, Falguni Nandi.

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)

Songs

  • Amar E Duti Chokh
  • Ekta Chhilo Sonar Konna
  • Bha-lobashi Shokaley
  • Tomare Chharite Bondhu
  • Tumi Emoni Jaal Pe-techho Shongshare
  • Ami Brishtir Kachh Theke
  • Koto Je Tomake Beshechhi Bhalo
  • Chandey Kolongko Achhey Jemon
  • Keno Bha-lobasha Hariye Jaye
  • O Amar Ural Pongkhirey
  • Bondhu Hote Cheye
  • Bondhu Tor Borat Niya
  • Paharer Kanna Dekhe
  • Hajar Moner Kachhe[2]