Bengali ‘Playback King’ Andrew Kishore is no more

Staff Correspondent,, Dhaka
Andrew Kishore/photo: collected

Andrew Kishore/photo: collected

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Bengali ‘Playback KIng’ Andrew Kishore is no more. He breathed his last at 6:55 pm on Monday (July 6) while undergoing treatment at his elder sister's house in Mahishabathan area of Rajshahi metropolis. He was 65 years old at the time of his death.

Shafiqul Alam Babu, who was in charge of Andrew Kishore's care, confirmed this information to

Meanwhile, Andrew Kishore’s sister-in-law Dr. Pattik Bipul Biswas believes that chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Singapore did not cure the cancer. The doctors gave up. So Andrew was brought to the country at the behest of the Andrew. From then on he was at his sister's house. It is also a clinic. There he breathed his last.

After 9 months, Andrew Kishore, who was undergoing treatment in Singapore, returned home on a special flight on June 11 at 2.30 pm. After staying at his house in Dhaka for several days, he moved to his native home in Rajshahi to consider his condition and remain free from noise.

Andrew Kishore has been undergoing treatment in Singapore for cancer (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) since September last year.Andrew is called the ‘Playback King’. He started his playback journey in 1977 with the song 'Achinpurer Rajkanya ney je tar Keu' from the movie Mail Train. However, Andrew Kishore first gained popularity with the song 'Ek Chor Jai Chale' from the movie Pratigya released in 1979. Then he did not have to look back. Playback has made history in Bengali cinema. He received National Film Award for 8 times.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, meanwhile, expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Kishore.

In separate condolence messages, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.

In his personal life, Kishore was married to Lipika Andrew Eti and together they have a daughter, Minim Andrew Songa, and a son, Jay Andrew Saptok.