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GOBINDA HALDER

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Birth name: Gobinda Halder

Origin: India

Genre: Lyricist, poet

Born: August 1930

Bangaon, Bengal Presidency, British India

Died: 17 January 2015 Aged 85

Kolkata, India

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Gobinda Halder (1930 – 17 January 2015) was a Bengali lyricist and poet. He wrote patriotic songs during Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 which include “Mora Ekti Phulke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori”, “Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Jara”, “Purbo Digonte Surjo Uthechhe Rokto Lal” and “Padma Meghna Jamuna Tomar Amar Thikana”.

Halder was born at Bangaon in Bengal Presidency in August 1930 or on 21 February 1930. He completed his school education in Bongaon. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in Bengali from Calcutta University. Later he joined the income tax department and retired in July 1988.

His patriotic songs started being aired in June 1971 from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. Belal Muhammad, the cofounder of the Kendra, stated in his book that no foreigner were allowed to write or perform songs for the Kendra so Halder was not credited. He visited Bangladesh once in June 1972 and met the Kendra authority who agreed to credit him but was never given remuneration.

Works

Halder wrote nearly 3500 semi-classical, folk, baul, kirtan, Shyama Sangeet and modern Bengali songs. He stopped writing when he lost sight following glaucoma.

He composed large number of patriotic songs during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Some of them are Mora Ekti Phulke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori, Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye Banglar Swadhinata Anlo Jara, Purbo Digonte Surjo Uthechhe Rokto Lal and Padma Meghna Jamuna Tomar Amar Thikana.His song Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye was popular during war and later was adopted as a signature tune of Bangladesh TV in the 1990s. Though his songs were popular during war and his other songs were aired on All India Radio and Doordarshan, he never got the acknowledgement.

His first book Door Digonte was published with only five hundred copies in 1989 and were sold out but he could not manage to reprint.

Honors

Halder was awarded the Friends of Liberation War Award by Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2012.

Personal life

Halder was married to Parul Halder and had a daughter, Gopa.

Death

Halder was hospitalised on 13 December 2014 in Kolkata following age related ailments and kidney problems. He died on 17 January 2015 at Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He was cremated at Neemtola crematorium in the city.

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  1. “Lyricist Gobinda Halder passes away”

    . The Daily Star. January 17, 2015.

  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j “The songsmith who inspired freedom fighters”

    . The Daily Star. 2015-01-26. Archived from the original

    on 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-01-26.

  3. Jump up ^ “Lyricist Gobinda Halder no more”

    . Moral News. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

  4. ^ Jump up to: a b “Lyricist Gobinda Halder dies”

    . Dhaka Tribune. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c “Bangladesh War fame lyricist Gobinda Haldar dies at 84”

    . Business Standard. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.

  6. ^ Jump up to: a b “Lyricist Gobinda Halder dies at the age of 85”

    . bdnews24.com. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

  7. Jump up ^ “সর্বকালের সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ বাংলা গান”

    . http://www.bbc.co.uk/

    . BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

  8. Jump up ^ “PM stands by ailing Gobinda Halder”

    . Bss, Dhaka. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

  9. Jump up ^ “Cabinet condoles death of Gobinda Haldar”

    . Daily Observer. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

  10. Jump up ^ “Lyricist Gobinda Halder dies at the age of 85”

    . Bdnews24.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

  11. Jump up ^ “Legendary songwriter Govinda Halder passes away”

    . prothom-alo.com. Prothom Alo. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

  12. Jump up ^ “Indian lyricist of Bangladesh Liberation War dies”

    . KollyTalk. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.