Shah Abdul Karim
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Shah Abdul Karim
Shah Abdul Karim
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Shah Abdul Karim in his later life
Background information
Native name
Born(1916-02-15)February 15, 1916[1]
Derai, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Bengal Presidency, British India
DiedSeptember 12, 2009(2009-09-12) (aged 93)
GenresBaul, folk

Shah Abdul Karim (Bengali: ?; 15 February 1916 - 12 September 2009) was a Baul musician from Bangladesh. He was awarded the 2001 Ekushey Padak for his outstanding musical achievements. He also received the Drouhee Kotha-Shahitayk Abdur Rouf Choudhury Award in 2000. He died in Sylhet on 12 September 2009 due to respiratory problems.[2]

Early life

Karim was born on February 15, 1916 in Ujan Dhol village, Derai Thana, in Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division. He didn't go to School and was a cowboy at a very early age. Growing up in poverty, he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from a very early age. The ektara, a traditional single-stringed instrument, has been his constant companion. However, poverty forced him to seek work in agricultural labor. As he was growing up, he received training in spiritual and Baul music from Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh. Mastan was from Sreepur Peer Mohol. He was banned from the society and left his village for an unknown journey. His song speaks about the raw human emotion, anarchy in the society, God, and the hardships of the impoverished life. After his long struggle, he came to the mass audience in the 90s through his mesmerizing public performances in Dhaka University.

Personal life

Shah Abdul Karim had a son named Shah Nur Jalal.[1]


Karim wrote and composed over 1500 songs.[3] These songs are organized in six books: Aftab Sangeet, Gano Sangeet, Kalnir Dheu, Dholmela, Bhatir Chithi and Kalnir Kooley. The Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into the English language.[].

Notable songs

  • Jhil Mil Jhil Mil Kore re
  • Bonde Maya Lagaise
  • Ashi Bole Gelo Bondhu
  • Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu
  • Gari Cholena Cholena
  • Ami Koolhara Kolonkini
  • Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataitham
  • Ami Tomar Koler Gari
  • Shokhi Kunjo Shajao
  • Ailai Na Ailai Na
  • Boshonto Batashey
  • Krishno Aila Radhar Kunje
  • Tumi Bine Akul Poran
  • Ager Bahaduri Ekhon Gelo Koi
  • Periti Modur milona
  • Ar Kichu Chay Na Mone Gaan Chara
  • Notun preme mon mojaia korilam ki mosto vul
  • Murshid dhono he kemone chinibo tomare
  • Bondhure koi pabo shokhi go
  • Mon Mojale Ore Bawla Gan
  • Shokhi tora prem koriona


  1. ^ a b "Shah Abdul Karim's 97th birth anniversary celebrated". The Daily Star. 2013-02-17. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "'Baul Samrat' Abdul Karim laid to rest". The Daily Star. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ Karim Waheed (2006-05-18). "Musical tribute to a living legend -- Shah Abdul Karim". The Daily Star. Retrieved .

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