Lucky Akhand – BD band music loses yet another icon


Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


 

While music-lovers will rue the absence of recently-departed Lucky Akhand after a long battle with lung cancer, some may find solace in the fact that he will join his equally-talented brother Happy Akhand and other pioneers such as Azam Khan and Firoz Shai in the stars above, where he will rightfully oversee the transformation they led in the Bangladeshi band music scene.

 

Born on June 18, 1956, in Old Dhaka’s Armanitola area, Akhand got music lessons at the age of five from his father. He performed in music programs for children on television and radio during 1963-1967. He was enlisted as a music composer of HMV Pakistan when he was 14 and a musician of HMV India at 16. He won the first prize in “Modern Bangla Songs” category in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council.

 

A valiant freedom fighter on his own accord, he was an artist of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the radio broadcasting center of Bengali nationalist forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. After independence, he served as served as the director (music) of Bangladesh Betar.

 

Akhand started his career with self-titled solo album Lucky Akhand in 1984 under the banner of Sargam. Some of the notable songs on that album were “Agey Jodi Jantam”, “Amay Dekona”, “Mamonia”, “Ei Neel Monihar” and “Hridoy Amar”. His composed songs for the album of his brother in which “Abar Elo Je Sondha” and “Ke Bashi Bajaire” sung by Happy Akhand, “Shadinota Tomake Niye”, “Pahari Jhorna”, sung by both the brothers and “Nil Nil Shari Pore” and “Hothat Kore Bangladesh” sung by himself were notable songs. “Abar Elo Je Shondha” was used in Bangla film named Ghuddi in 1988.

 

Akhand stopped his career after the death of his younger brother, Happy Akhand in 1987. He returned after a decade with two albums named Porichoy Kobe Hobe and Bitrishna Jibone Amar in 1998.

 

Porichoy Kobe Hobe was the second solo album and the remake of his Happy Akhand’s solo album.

 

In the same year, he composed a duet album named Ananda Chokh with the lyrics of Golam Morshed and under the banner of Soundtech. Akhand composed a solo album of Samina Chowdhury named Amay Dekona in 1999. He also composed the song “Hridoyer Durdine Jacche Khora” for the album Dekha Hobe Bondhu by band ARK.

 

He composed another mixed album after the year 2000, in an album was named “Tomar Oronne.” Bappy Majumder, Nipu, Fahmida Nabi and Lucky Akhand contributed 10 songs. He used contemporary rhythm, folk fusion, and his always favorite Spanish fusion in that album.

 

The singer went through a tumultuous period during the latter stages of his life, at one point a fundraising concert had to be arranged, where all the concert proceeds went to the charity fund which was then used for his chemotherapy treatment in Bangkok. But fate had other plans for him, as he breathed his last in his homeland, more specifically at Mitford Hospital on April 21.

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