He appeared on stage after a long time wearing a red panjabi with black hat with one of his most popular songs ‘Jiboner golpo, achhe baki olpo”. Audiences cheered hearing the familiar voice. Yes, it was their favourite Andrew Kishore, one of the most popular singers of Bangladesh. The singer who has been suffering cancer thanked the audience wholeheartedly from the stage for which he was craving for long.
“I am very grateful to you, for your immense love,” the singer said, addressing the audience. His words made a number of audience snivel present at the Gateway Theatre Hall in Singapore.
The singer made the appearance in a concert titled ‘Love for Andrew Kishore’ arranged jointly by Bangladesh Society, Singapore and Singapore Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. He donated money for another sick artiste during the event.
Several other prominent singers of Bangladesh, Syed Abdul Hadi, Sabina Yasmin, Mitali Mukherjee, Momin Biswas, Jahangir Sayeed and Milia Sabed, performed in the concert.
Andrew Kishore came on stage in a wheelchair with his wife. The singer thanked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the time for the love she showed during his illness.
Incidentally, prime minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to bear all medical expenses for the singer recently.
Andrew Kishore donated 5000 Singapore dollars for composer and music director Selim Ashraf.
Asked about the fund-raising concert, Jahangir Sayeed said, “The programme was planned two months ago. We could not cancel the programme as tickets were sold and the venue was booked. Moreover, the prime minister has taken the responsibility of medical expenses only. There are many other costs for the patient, too.”
“We will use the fund for those other purposes,” he added.
This famous singer of Bangladesh has been suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. He left for Singapore on 9 September and on 18 September he was diagnosed to have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Andrew Kishore was born in Rajshahi on 4 November 1955. His mother named her son after her favourite singer Kishore Kumar, perhaps not realising he would become one of the most popular playback singers in Bangladesh.
The singer entered the film industry with the song ‘Achinpurer rajkumari nei je tar keu’ composed by Alam Khan for the film ‘Mail Train’ in 1977. The artiste recorded thousands of songs for hundreds of films as a playback singer.
His famous songs include "Jibaner galpo achhe baki olpo", "Amar shara deho kheyo go mati", "Dak diyachhen doyal amare", "Bhalobese gelam shudhu", "Amar buker moddhey khaney", “Amar babar mukhey prothom jedin," and "Bhengechhe pinjore".