An icon of Bangla folk song

bayati4Rahman Boyati’s first death anniversary
The great illustrator and icon of Bangla folk music Abdur Rahman Boyati passed away towards an unknown world on August 19 a year ago.

Abdur Rahman Boyati was born in Dayaganj area under Sutrapur Police Station of the capital on January 1, 1939. He was a renowned lyrist, tuner, music director and poet of the country – all at once.

Boyati started his music career under the tutelage of prominent folk singer poet Alauddin Boyati in 1956. Ever since, the maestro had almost 500 solo and some 200 mixed albums of folk songs to his name.
He founded an eight-member music band named after his name in 1982. He rendered folk songs in a total of 42 countries, including England, Japan, the USA, China, Canada, India and Australia, alongside performing across the country.

Besides, Boyati was a regular singer of the Bangladesh Radio, Bangladesh Television and all the satellite television channels of the country.

He rose to fame with presenting some hit songs like ‘Mon Amar Deha Ghori’ ‘Kon Mistori Banaiachhe’, ‘Gari Cholena Cholena’ and ‘Amar Matir Ghore Idur Dukesey’.

He could have carved a niche in millions hearts through presenting some hit numbers and albums and added the title ‘Baul Samrat’ to his crown as a new feather during his career life.

Boyati also proved his versatile talent as an actor through playing a role in a film directed by Hafiz Uddin titled ‘Asti’ 1989.

He performed at a dinner party and cultural programmes at White House of the US, at the invitation of the then US President George HW Bush, as the first-ever and only singer of the country.

In recognition of his contributions to music, Abdur Rahman Boyati was honoured with some prestigious awards like the ‘Presidency Award’, the Citycell-Channel-i Music Award’, the ‘Nazrul Academy Sammanana’, the ‘Samar Das Smriti Award’ and the ‘USA Jagorani Shilpigoshthi Award’.

Boyati had his last breath at the city’s Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital on August 19, 2013 at 7:30am, leaving his fans, family, friends and colleagues to mourn.


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