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Nation mourns pop icon
Tens of thousands pay last respects to musician Azam KhanAzam Khan (photo: www.jibonbarta.com)
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 8, 2011
Khan, 61, considered one of the pioneers of pop music in Bangladesh died of cancer on Sunday in a Dhaka hospital.
Mourners paid their respects to the artist and veteran freedom fighter at the Language Martyrsâ€™ Memorial in the capital before he was buried with state honors at the Martyred Intellectualsâ€™ Cemetery.
One of most celebrated musicians in the countryâ€™s history, Khanâ€™s popularity transcended generations of music lovers and was often called Pop Samrat (Emperor).
In 1970s he formed the band Uchcharan (Enunciation) and introduced an energetic brand of music.
Many Christians were among those eulogizing Khan for his contributions to music.
â€śAzam Khan was a great singer yet modest. He had the deepest love for music and was not motivated by money,â€ť said Anima Mukti Gomes, 32, a Catholic folk singer.
She said todayâ€™s singers who are becoming more commercially minded should could learn some great lessons from Khan.
George Lincoln Dâ€™Costa, vocalist with popular rock band Artcell said he is enormously indebted to Khan.
â€śHe was a great man and always encouraged young talent. He helped me learn so much. His death is a huge loss for the country,â€ť the Catholic singer said.
Khan also fought as a commander in the liberation war in 1971 against Pakistan. Many former veterans also attended yesterdayâ€™s funeral to pay their respects to their former comrade in arms
â€śWeâ€™re bereaved at the death of such a great patriot,â€ť said Bangladesh Christian Freedom Fighters and Family Welfare Association general secretary Andrew Dâ€™Costa.
â€śHe was our comrade and always loved this country wholeheartedly.â€ť