Gazi Mazharul Anwar, one of Bangladesh’s most iconic songwriters, was laid to rest in his mother’s grave at Banani Cemetery in the capital on Monday evening.
Earlier, his body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 10 a.m. and placed under a guard of honor.
At 11 a.m., the general public paid their last respects to the legend.
Gazi Mazharul’s body was taken to the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).
The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, and the Film and Music fraternity attended Mazharul’s first namaz-e-janaza held at the BFDC.
“The majestic creations of legendary lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar inspired people during our glorious war of liberation, and he continued to fascinate us with his literary prowess until his dying breath. His legacy will live on through his timeless creations, and his works will be preserved at the BFDC,” Hasan said.
Mazharul’s second janaza was held in Channel-i. And after the lyricist’s third janaza at Azad Mosque in Gulshan, he was buried at Banani Cemetery at 6:20 p.m.
The iconic lyricist was born on February 22, 1943 in Daudkandi, Cumilla. He started writing songs for Radio Pakistan in 1964 at the age of 21.
Filmmaking and screenwriting were also his strengths. He made his debut as a director in 1982 with “Nantu Ghatak”.
For his contribution to the Bangladeshi film industry, Mazharul was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2002 and the Independence Award in 2021.
During his glorious career as a lyricist spanning over 60 years, Gazi Mazharul has written over 20,000 songs, including “Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy”. He was one of the most prominent lyricists of Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and three of his songs were included in BBC Bangla’s ’20 Greatest Bangla Songs’ list.
“Sagorer Teer Theke”, “Monero Ronge Rangabo”, “Akasher Haatey Achhe Ek Rash Neel”, “Ganeri Khatay Swarolipi Likhe”, “Ei Prithir Pore”, “Osru Diye Lekha”, “O Amar Rosiya Bondhure”, “Eki Sonar Aloy”, “Ami Rajanigandha Phuler Moto”, are some of his most popular songs.
Mazharul received the Bangladesh National Film Award six times as the lyricist of “Tit for Tat” (1992), “Ajante” (1996), “Churiwala” (2001), “Lal Dariya” (2002), “Kokhono Megh Kokhono Brishti” (2003) and “Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabe” (2016).