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Neel Monihar Lucky Akhand

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Lucky Akhand in a recnt photo (top) and with brother Happy Akhand during early age of his music career (bottom) taken from a file photo collected.

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
When we recall the memories of old sad romantic songs the name of legendary singer-composer Lucky Akhand will come first. He will last long forever in the minds of many music lovers by virtue of his outstanding rendering style and composition who died on April 21 after suffering from cancer for long time. Two years ago he was diagnosed with grade-IV lung cancer.
Lucky Akhand was born on June 18 in 1956.  In his long time music career, he was associated with the musical band Happy Touch. He composed many notable songs including Ei Neel Monihar, Abar Elo Jey Shondhya and Amaye Deko Na. Before died he served as the Director (Music) of the state-run radio network, Bangladesh Betar.
In his career, Lucky 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 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, Hridoy Aamar.
His composed songs for the album of his brother in which Abar Elo Je Sondhya and Ke Banshi Bajairey sung by Lucky Akhand, Swadhinota Tomake Niye, Pahari Jhorna, sung by Happy Akhand and himself and Nil Nil Saree Porey and Hothat Korey Bangladesh sung by himself were notable songs. Abar Elo Je Sondhya was used in Bangla film named Ghuddi in 1988.
Lucky 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 Kobey Hobey and Bitrishna Jiboney Aamar in 1998. Porichoy Kobey Hobey was the second solo album and the remake of his Happy Akhand’s solo album. Bitrishna Jibone y Aamar was a band and modern mix album. Six prominent singers of that time James, Ayub Bachchu, Hasan, Kumar Biswajit, Tapan Chowdhury, and Samina Chowdhury sang together on this album. In the same year, he composed a duet album named Ananda Chokh with the lyrics of Golam Morshed and under the banner of Soundtrack. Akhand composed a solo album of Samina Chowdhury named Amai Dekona in 1999. He also composed the song Hridoyer Durdiney Jachchhe y Khora for the album Dekha Hobey Bondhu by band ARK. He composed another mixed album after year 2000. The 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.
Lucky Akhand gave vocal in three songs which touched every Lucky listener. Discographies of Lucky Akhand are: Lucky Akhand (1984), Porichoy Kobe Hobe (1998), Bitrishna JIbone Amar (1998), Ananda Chokh (1999), Amay Dekona (1999), Dekha Hobe Bondhu (1999) and Tomar Oronne (After 2000).
Lucky Akhand won the first prize in ‘Modern Bangla Songs’ category in 1969 from the Pakistan Art Council. He left behind a daughter named Mum Minti.

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