Mohammed Sikandar Alam passes away

Bhubaneswar: Versatile Oriya singer Mohammed Sikandar Alam Versatile Oriya singer Mohammed Sikandar Alam died at a private hospital here following a brief illness, family sources said.

He was 71 and survived by his wife and two daughters.

Alam had been admitted to the hospital with complaints of chest pain and ulcer on August 5 and he passed away late on Sunday night, they said.

Known for his devotional songs dedicated to the Hindu god Jagannath, Alam sang in more than 50 Oriya films, many devotional albums as well as Hindi ghazals.

Alam, who started his career by performing for All India Radio (AIR) at the age of 18, ably demonstrated his versatility by presenting a wide range of songs starting from Bhajanas to romantic songs with equal intensity and depth.

Recipient of many awards and honours, Alam churned out all time hits in films like Laxmi, Amada Bata, Adina Megha, Manika Jodi, Mamata, Suryamukhi and Puja.

People belonging to different strata of society, including distinguished members of the music fraternity, film industry, leaders, intellectuals, music lovers and Alam's admirers deeply mourned his death describing it as a "big loss for the state".

(Report courtesy: PTI)
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