Legendary singer-composer-lyricist-music director Lucky Akhand has been awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work in the music industry of Bangladesh. The award was presented on September-20 by Nazmul Haque Bhuiyan (Khaled), head of the record labels G-Series and Agniveena and Hasanul Haq Inu, his honorable Minister of Information.
The program took place at the auditorium of the capital’s TCB Bhaban at Kawran Bazar with the presence of several personalities of the music industries.
The 68-year old prominent musician has been diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this month, and was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Medical University (BSMMU) and was taken care by physicians Dr Chowdhury Mishqat Ahmed and Dr Osman, who has confirmed his illness. He was then rushed to the Phyathai Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand where he – according to his family members – had a successful surgery on Thursday, September-17. He had also received Tk. 500,000 from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina as financial support. He had to go back to Bangkok as per his doctor’s advice.
Born in Dhaka in 1956, Akhand started learning to play piano, accordion, harmonica and Spanish guitar under the guidance of his father, at the age of five.
Akhand composed and arranged the music of two songs in his childhood and subsequently conducted music programmes for children on television and radio during 1963-1967. He won the first prize in the category of ‘Modern Bangla Songs’ in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council and also composed two modern Bangla songs in Pakistan HMV in 1969.
After the death of his brother Happy Akhand – another musical pioneer of Bangla pop – in 1987, Lucky withdrew from the music world but then after a decade, he hit the stages again in 1998.
He is the composer of many popular songs like Abar Elo Je Shondha, Ei Neel Monihar, Amay Deko Na, Ke Banshi Bajay Re, Agey Jodi Jantam, Jekhanei Simanto Tomar, Tumi Ki Dekhechho.
(Source: theindependentbd.com, newagebd.net, clickittefaq.com)
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