One of the most popular folk singers of Bangladesh, Bari Siddiqui took his last breath on early Friday, November 24. The eminent musician suffered a cardiac arrest on November 17 and was admitted to Square Hospital. The demise of the most beloved folk singer, songwriter and musician left the entire music-loving nation in an outburst of grief. People from all classes paid their homage to the departed soul.
Born and bought up in a music-loving family, Siddiqui started his musical career at the age of 12. He later developed his musical skills with the guidance of some masters in classical music in Bangladesh and India. He trained himself under the guidance of masters like Ustad Gopal Dutt, Ustad Aminur Rahman and Pandit VG Karnard.
Siddiqui joined the music arena in the 1990s and participated in the popular music programme on television called “Ronger Baroi”, which was produced by Humayun Ahmed. His playback numbers in Humayun Ahmed’s film “Srabon Megher Dine” were hugely popular. His folk album “Lokkho Tara”, released in 2000, was a big hit. The multi-talented artist introduced himself as flutist to the world of music and enthralled audiences in many parts of the world.
Siddiqui is the founder “Baul Bari”, a research organization for the restoration of folk music of Bangladesh. His sole aim was to reaching out to the young generation and teaching them the real essence of folk music. After his demise, his body was taken to Karli Village in Netrokona, his birthplace. According to Professor Omar Faruk, the brother-in-law of Siddiqui, his body will be buried near his organization called ‘Baul Bari’ as per his wish.