Source: Ittefaq Report
Renowned singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah has been laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in Dhaka after Zuhr prayer on Sunday.
Her first namaz-e-janaza was held at the ‘Park Mosque’ on Baridhara road No. 9, said her family sources.
The eminent singer has passed away on Saturday. She was 67.
She breathed her last at her Baridhara residence around 11:30pm on Saturday.
She left behind her husband, a son and a daughter.
“Shahnaz fell ill around 11pm [on Saturday night]. She died before she could have been shifted to a hospital,” said Lyricist and journalist Kabir Bakul said.
“Her husband was by her side when she died,” Bakul added.
A number of artists rushed to Shahnaz Rahmatullah’s residence at the news of her demise.
Shafiq Tuhin, lyricist, music director and singer, said Shahnaz Rahmatullah’s family has decided to put her to eternal rest at the army graveyard after Zuhr prayer on Sunday.
The artist was born on January 2, 1952. Her musical career kicked off as a radio artist and a playback singer in the movies when she was only 11.
She started her career as a playback singer of Notun Shur (1963), and appeared on television from 1964.
One of her songs ‘Ek Nodi Rokto Periye’ is considered to be one of the finest patriotic songs ever written in Bangla, it is a song for Khan Ataur Rahman’s ‘Abar Tora Manush Ho’ (1973) movie.
In a BBC survey of 20 greatest Bangla songs of all times, listeners selected Ek Nodi Rokto Periye as the 9th best.
Trained by ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan, she went on to chart an illustrious career during the span of over five decades.
The singer has also been honoured with numerous awards, including the prestigious Ekushey Padak.