Dhaka: Renowned lyricist, film director and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar (79) is no more. He was also an advisor to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.
He died at 7:55 am on Sunday (September 4) at the United Hospital in the capital. Gazi Mazharul Anwar’s nephew and actor Shahriar Nazim Joy confirmed this information to the media.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar left behind a wife, a son, a daughter and many grandchildren. His daughter Diti Anwar is scheduled to arrive in Dubai from America today. He has not been contacted yet. It is said that the next decision will be taken after he arrives in the country.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed deep grief and condolence over the death of the legendary lyricist and film director.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar wrote more than 20 thousand songs in his working life. Many of his songs have become timeless. Among them, ‘Jai Bangla, Banglar Jai’, ‘Ektara tui desh katha bal re eber bal’, ‘Ekbar jaa na amar kotto sonar gaon’, ‘Writing notation in the song book’, ‘Akash haat hai ekarash neel’, ‘Shudhu Song’ Gaye Dhaniya’, ‘O Pakhi Tor Tanja’, ‘Isharaya Sheesh Dye’, ‘Chokher Nazar Emni Kaira’, ‘Ei Man Toke Dudi’ are notable. BBC Bangla’s survey included three songs written by him in the list of 20 greatest Bengali songs of all time.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar won Bangladesh Ekushey Medal in 2002 and Independence Award in 2021. He received Bangladesh’s first award ‘Bangladesh President Gold Medal Award’ for his special contribution in the war of independence. Five times National Film Award, multiple times Bacchus Award, BJME Award, Life Time Award by Daily Star, the number of awards he has won is 110.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar was born on February 22, 1943 in Taleshwar village of Daudkandi police station in Comilla. He started writing songs in Radio Pakistan from 1964. Besides, he composed songs and plays regularly since the birth of Bangladesh Television. In 1967, he wrote songs for the first film in the movie ‘Ayna O Zani’. Since his association with films in 1967, he has also shown skill in writing stories, screenplays, dialogues and songs. His directorial debut Nantu Ghatak was released in 1982. He directed about 41 movies.