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Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul (1 January 1956 – 22 January 2019)[1] was a Bangladeshi lyricist, composer and music director, active since the late 1970s. He was a freedom fighter who joined the Bangladesh Liberation War at the age of 15.[2] He won a number of awards, including Ekushey Padak, National Film Awards and the President's Award.[3]

Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul
Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul.jpg
Born(1956-01-01)1 January 1956
Died22 January 2019(2019-01-22) (aged 63)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationLyricist, composer and music director
  • Iftekharuddin Ahmed (brother)
  • Ahmed Miraz (brother)
  • Samir Imtiaz (son)
AwardsEkushey Padak (2010)
National Film Awards (2001, 2005)


Early lifeEdit

Bulbul was born on 1 January 1956. He studied at West End High School in Azimpur, Dhaka.[4]

Bangladesh Liberation warEdit

Bulbul joined the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971 when he was 15 years old. He served in a Mukti Bahini base in Zinzira. His older brother, Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed Tutul, served in the Crack Platoon of the Mukti Bahini. He trained in India and fought in Lalbagh Thana and New Market Thana of Dhaka. In October, he was captured by Pakistan military and Razakars while returning to India for more training.[4] He was transferred to a jail in Mymensigh were he was tortured and witnessed the mass execution of 39 Mukti Bahini prisoners by the Pakistan military. He transferred to the resident of Dana Miah which served as the local office of the East Pakistan Central Peace Committee. He was tortured there along with other members of the Mukti Bahini. He was able to escape from the camp.[4]


Bulbul's compositions include a number of works for films, beginning with 1978's Megh Bijli Badol.[5] He has also released independent albums and created works for a number of Bangladeshi performers, including Samina Chowdhury and Andrew Kishore.[5] He was a judge on the talent show Closeup 1 Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh for three seasons.[citation needed]

War crime witnessEdit

Bulbul testified against the convicted war criminal and former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam in the International Crimes Tribunal. Following the testification as a witness, Bulbul's younger brother was killed and his dead body was found near the Kuril overpass in Dhaka. Bulbul urged the government to ensure his security after the murder of his brother. He said that he had received death threat several times.[6]


Bulbul was taken to Universal Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka around 6:15am, where the doctors, after necessary tests, declared him dead. [7] He had suffered cardiac arrest.[4]



  1. ^ "Musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul passes away" (Press release). The Daily Star, Bangladesh. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul seeks security". The Daily Star. March 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Kamol, Ershad (2007-12-16). "Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul talks about his Liberation War days". The Daily Star.
  4. ^ a b c d e Correspondent, Staff; "Musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul dies". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  5. ^ a b Kamol, Ershad (6 November 2006). "Seasoned music composer on his kaleidoscopic journey". The Daily Star.
  6. ^ "Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul's brother found dead in city". The Daily Star. 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  7. ^ "Musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul passes away" (Press release). Prothom-Alo. Retrieved 22 January 2019.