Lyricist, film director, screenwriter and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar passed away on September 4.
He was 79.
"He (Gazi Mazharul Anwar) was brought to the hospital at around 6:30 this morning. The doctors said that his pulse was not available. After some time the doctor declared him dead," Gazi Mazharul Anwar's daughter-in-law Shahana Mirza, told the media.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar was ill for the past few days, she added.
He was born on February 22, 1943 in Cumilla.
Mazharul started his career as a lyricist in the Dhallywood film industry in 1965. He wrote songs for Zahir Raihan's films, including Kacher Dewal (1965), Behula (1966), and Dui Bhai (1968).
He also wrote screenplays for multiple films, including Urdu songs for Urdu-language films.
Mazharul composed numerous of songs for various media including radio, television, and cinema in a career spanning 60 years. He started writing songs for Radio Pakistan from 1964. Liberation war, patriotism, nature, the meaning of life, love, hatred, affection among other topics have been a theme in his writing.
He also worked as a lyricist in the ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar-written other notable songs, including, ‘Monero Ronge Rangabo’, ‘Ganeri Khatay Sworolipi Likhe’, ‘Dukkho Korona’, ‘Ei Prithir Pore’, ‘O Amar Rosiya Bondhure’, ‘Eki Sonar Aloy’, ‘Osru Diye Lekha’, ‘Ami Rajanigandha Phuler Moto’, ‘Jeona Saathi’, ‘Sobai To Bhalobasa Chai’, ‘E Jibone Tumi Ogo Ele’, ‘Ei Duniya Ekhon To Aar’, ‘Akasher Hate Achhe Ekrash Nil’, ‘Tumi Amar Praner Cheye Priyo’, and ‘Kichu Kichu Manusher Jibone’.
Gazi Mazharul Anwar was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2002 for his contribution to lyric poetry. He received Freedom Medal last year. In addition, he received the National Film Award five times.