Abdul Alim (folk singer)

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Abdul Alim
Native name
আব্দুল আলীম
Born(1931-07-27)27 July 1931
Talibpur, Murshidabad, West Bengal, British India
Died5 September 1975(1975-09-05) (aged 44)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation(s)playback singer

Abdul Alim (27 July 1931 – 5 September 1974) was a Bangladeshi folk singer.[1] He won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1974 for playback in Sujan Sakhi. He was posthumously awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1977 and Independence Day Award in 1997 by the Government of Bangladesh.[2]


Alim migrated from Murshidabad to Dhaka after the partition of India in 1947, and joined the Dhaka Radio Station as a staff artiste. By the age of 14, he had recorded two songs. In Dhaka, he took lessons from Mumtaz Ali Khan and Mohammed Hossain Khosru.[3][1] He got his breakthrough while performing songs at the Alia Madrasah in Calcutta. He was awarded five gold medals for his performances and contributions to music at the All Pakistan music conference in Lahore.[4]

Alim recorded over 300 Gramophone records.[1] He sang playbacks in over 100 films.[1] He recorded songs for Mukh O Mukhosh, the first film to be produced in the erstwhile East Pakistan.[4]


Notable songs
  • Chirodin Pushlam Ak Achin Pakhi
  • Ei Je Duniya Kishero Lagia
  • Shorbonasha Padma Nodi
  • Holudia Pakhi Shonar Boron[4]
  • Naiya Rey Nayer Badaam Tuila
  • Duarey Aishachey Palki
  • Amare Shajay Dio Nowshar Shajey
  • Porer Jaiga Porer Jomi
  • Mon-e Boro Asha Chhilo Jabo Modina-e
  • Shab Shakhire Par Korite Nebo Ana Ana
  • Ujaan Gang-er Naiyya[5]

Personal life and legacy[edit]

Alim has three sons, Jahir Alim, Haider Alim and Asgar Alim and four daughters, Zohra Alim, Noorjahan Alim, Aktar Jahan Alim and Asia Alim.[6] Alim died on 5 September 1974, at PG Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[7]

A research-based book on Alim's life, titled Bangla Loko Sangeet-er Amar Kanthoshilpi Abdul Alim along with a DVD, titled Tomaro Lagiarey, were launched in 2015.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Sadya Afreen Mallick (2004-07-25). "Abdul Alim: The king of folk songs". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  2. ^ "List of Independence Awardees". Cabinet Division, The Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2012-11-29.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Mallick, Sadya Afreen (5 September 2012). "Tribute to Abdul Alim". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Mallick, Sadya Afreen (3 August 2014). "Abdul Alim: A voice across time". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. ^ "The musical legacy of Abdul Alim". The Daily Star. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ "আবদুল আলীমকে নিয়ে আয়োজন" (in Bengali). Prothom Alo. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ Islam, Iftekharul (5 September 2016). "Abdul Alim: A beacon of folk music". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Musical legacy of the legend Abdul Alim". The Daily Star. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.

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