Bengal Foundation mourns the passing of the eminent folk-singer and flautist Bari Siddiqui.
Siddiqui, born in Netrokona on November 15, 1954, trained in music from a young age under Ustad Gopal Dutt, Ustad Aminur Rahman, Babir Khan and Pannalal Ghosh during the formative years of his life. He also began playing the bansuri (bamboo flute) and trained under noted classical flautist VG Karnad in India. He came under the limelight in 2000 by lending voice to songs in Humayun Ahmed’s film Srabon Megher Din. The songs Suachan Pakhi, Pubali Batashe, Amar Gaaye Joto Dukkho Shoy, Olo Bhabijan were massive hits. He continued playback singing and released many albums. Siddiqui was popular for his mystic style of singing. He performed in many countries. Bari Siddiqui passed away on November 24, 2017, at the age of 63.