Khairul Anam Shakil

Khairul Anam Shakil, who has acquired immense fame as a Nazrul Sangeet singer, is working to uphold the rich heritage of Bangla songs. Shakil had left Dhaka for London in 1975 and graduated from Leeds University in industrial engineering in 1984. Shakil passion for music and his commitment to promoting it is truly commendable. He grew up in a family inclined to music and thus it is no surprise that he has been interested in it since he was a child. His mother, Nilufar Khayer, was a student of Rabindra Sangeet in Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), and was also involved with Chhayanaut. Shakils uncle, Mahmudur Rahman Benoo, inspired and guided him into learning music, especially Nazrul. He used to take Shakil and his siblings to all the Chhayanaut programmes when they were children. Shakils inspiration to be involved in music started when he took part in a competition of Rabindra Sangeet in the then Pakistan Television in 1968 and secured the first position; he was ten years old. “Winning the competition was a great boost and I got very interested in music. My uncle pressured me to practise music sincerely and with dedication,” During the liberation war in 1971, Shakils family became displaced and continuing with music was almost impossible. After coming back to Dhaka in 1972, he got admitted at Chhayanaut in the beginner’s class. He had chosen to learn Nazrul Sangeet and was allowed to be admitted in first year in music. Khairul Anam Shakil, who has acquired immense fame as a Nazrul Sangeet singer, is working to uphold the rich heritage of Bangla songs. Shakil had left Dhaka for London in 1975 and graduated from Leeds University in industrial engineering in 1984. Shakil passion for music and his commitment to promoting it is truly commendable. He grew up in a family inclined to music and thus it is no surprise that he has been interested in it since he was a child. His mother, Nilufar Khayer, was a student of Rabindra Sangeet in Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), and was also involved with Chhayanaut. Shakils uncle, Mahmudur Rahman Benoo, inspired and guided him into learning music, especially Nazrul. He used to take Shakil and his siblings to all the Chhayanaut programmes when they were children. Shakils inspiration to be involved in music started when he took part in a competition of Rabindra Sangeet in the then Pakistan Television in 1968 and secured the first position; he was ten years old. “Winning the competition was a great boost and I got very interested in music. My uncle pressured me to practise music sincerely and with dedication,” During the liberation war in 1971, Shakils family became displaced and continuing with music was almost impossible. After coming back to Dhaka in 1972, he got admitted at Chhayanaut in the beginner’s class. He had chosen to learn Nazrul Sangeet and was allowed to be admitted in first year in music.

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