Alauddin Ali

Alauddin Ali (24 December 1952 – 9 August 2020)[1] was a Bangladeshi music composer.[2] He won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Music Director five times for the films Golapi Ekhon Traine (1978), Sundori (1979), Koshai (1980), Jogajog (1988) and Lakhe Ekta (1990).[3] He won the Best Music Composer award for the film Laal Doriya (2002) and the Best Lyrics award for Premik (1985).[3] Moreover, he won the Ifad Film Club Award and the Bachsas Award in the category of Best Music Director. He directed music for more than 300 films.[1]

Alauddin Ali
আলাউদ্দিন আলী
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Born(1952-12-24)24 December 1952
Died9 August 2020(2020-08-09) (aged 67)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationMusic director and composer
RelativesDhir Ali Miah (uncle), Ali Akbar Rupu (nephew), Shawkat Ali Emon (brother-in-law), Abida Sultana (sister-in-law)
Awardsfull list

Early life and backgroundEdit

Alauddin Ali was born on 24 December 1952 in the Banshbari village of Tongibari Upazila of the Munshiganj District.[4] His father was Ustad Jadab Ali and his mother's name was Johra Khatun.[5]

Ali's father was a staff artiste at the Dhaka radio station. His uncle, Sadek Ali, and cousins Dhir Ali Miah, Mansur Ali, Yunus Ali and Momotaz Uddin, were music directors and composers there during the 1960s.[2] His nephew Ali Akbar Rupu, son of his cousin Mansur Ali, was also a renowned music director of Bangladesh.

At the age of one year and six months, Alauddin Ali moved with his family to AGB Colony, Motijheel, Dhaka. This talented artist grew up in that colony with three brothers and two sisters. His first hand in music was with his younger uncle Sadek Ali. Later in 1986 he entered the film world as a musician. He started as an associate of Shaheed Altaf Mahmud and later worked with renowned composer Anwar Pervez for a long time.[5]


In 1964, Ali won the 'All Pakistan Children's Award' for violin from the then president Ayub Khan as a child musician.[6] By 1967–68, besides practicing violin, he learnt the piano under music director Karim Shahabuddin.[6] He worked under eminent music composers like Khan Ataur Rahman, Altaf Mahmud and Robin Ghosh.[6]

In 1968, Ali joined as a film instrumentalist and assistant to composer Altaf Mahmud.[7] Ali made his debut as a music composer through the country song O Amar Bangla Maa Tor.[8] Ali's first film as a music director was Shondhikkhon (1975).[1] In 1978, Ali made his breakthrough by composing songs for the film Golapi Ekhon Traine. He composed two songs "Achen Amar Moktar" and "Haire Kopal Mondo, Chokh Thakite Ondho" for that film. Another film named Fakir Majnu Shah was released in the same year. The songs Premer Agune, Sobai Bole Boyosh Bare and Chokher Nojor Emni Koira were composed by Ali.[9]

"The audience response after conducting the music for the first film was not very good. The film did not do well commercially. I did not regret it. But through the film Golapi Ekhon Traine, it is as if I am riding on the train of success. Whatever I have done since then, the audience has given me two hands, loved me."

— Alauddin Ali, Prothom Alo

During his career he recorded several songs in Dhaka, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lahore and Karachi. He worked for HMV in India (now Saregama) in the 80's.[6] A reputed French music company has included the background scores for the movie Surja Dighal Bari, composed by Alauddin Ali, in the curriculum of several music schools.[6] He has also directed music for the film Padma Nadir Majhi directed by renowned director Goutam Ghose. He was the music director for the South Asian Games Ceremony in 1993 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, where over 8000 artistes sang to his tune.[6]

He started an organization called 'LCS' on his own initiative, which works to protect artists ’royalties. Moreover, he also founded a production company called 'Ektara Multimedia Production' where various works related to music are done.[10] The name of his music studio was Sruti.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Ali was married three times. With Monowara Begum, he has three children - Afrin Ali, Ajmeri Ali Minu and Showkat Ali Rana. With Nazrul Sangeet singer Salma Sultana (d. 2016), he has a daughter Alif Alauddin, who is also a singer and media personality like her parents.[7][12][13][14][15][16]

Until his death, Ali had lived in Banasree, Dhaka with his wife Farzana Ali Mimi, a singer [17] and youngest daughter, Adrita Alauddin Rajkonna.[18]


  • আমার মতো ভাগ্যবান সুরকার কম : আলাউদ্দিন আলী. NTV online (Interview) (in Bengali). Interviewed by Nishith Surjo. 2015-06-08. Archived from the original on 2020-08-11.
  • "Newsic - Alauddin Ali (আলাউদ্দিন আলী)". ATN News (Interview) (in Bengali). Interviewed by Nishith Surjo & Akhi Bhadra. 2016-09-18.
  • "Igloo Taroka Kathon - Alauddin Ali". Channel i (Interview) (in Bengali). Interviewed by Dilruba Sathi. 2018-12-25.
  • "Ganer Utshob - A Tribute to Alauddin Ali". Channel i (Interview) (in Bengali). Interviewed by Moushumi Barua. Retrieved 2020-08-11.


Notable songsEdit

The number of songs composed by him is more than 5 thousand. In his career of more than four decades, he directed for playback songs of an average of 10 films every year. Some of the notable songs of Alauddin Ali are:

  • Premer Agune
  • Chokher Nojor Emni Koira
  • Sukhe Thako, O Amar Nandini, Hoye Karo Ghoroni
  • Surjodoye Tumi Surjasteo Tumi
  • Bondhu Tin Din Tor Barit Gelam
  • Sagarika
  • Ekbar Jodi Keu Bhalobashto
  • Barir Loke Koy
  • Istishoner Rail Garita
  • Ei Duniya Ekhon Toh Aar Sei Duniya Nai
  • O Amar Bangla Maa Tor Aakul Kora
  • Hoy Jodi Bodnam Hok Aro
  • Jetuku Somoy Tumi Thako Kache
  • Dukkho Bhalobeshe Premer Khela Khelte Hoy
  • Prothom Bangladesh Amar Sesh Bangladesh
  • Emon O toh Prem Hoy, Chokher Jole Kotha Koy
  • Sobai Bole Boyos Bare Ami Boli Kome Re
  • Amar Gethe Dao Na Maago, Ekta Polash Phool Er Mala
  • Achen Amar Moktar, Achen Amar Barrister
  • Haire Kopal Mondo, Chokh Thakite Ondho
  • Shoto Jonomer Shopno Tumi Amar Jibone Ele
  • Keu Kono Din Amare Toh Kotha Dilo Na
  • Pari Na Bhule Jete, Sriti Ra Mala Gethe
  • Jonmo Theke Jolchi Maago
  • Amar Moner Bhetor Onek Jala Agun Hoiya Jole
  • Je Chilo Drishtir Shimanay
  • Bhalobasha Joto Boro Jibon Toto Boro Noy


S/N Name of Award / Honour Years Category For the Movie / Work Note
1 All Pakistan Children's Award[6] 1964 Best Children Artist as a Violinist N/A Won
2 Grand celebrations of 300th anniversary of Kolkata, held in Salt Lake Stadium[6] 1990 N/A Accorded a reception
3 National Film Awards (Bangladesh) 1985 Best Lyricist Premik (1985) Won
4 1978 Best Music Director Golapi Ekhon Traine (1978) Won
1979 Sundori (1979)
1980 Koshai (1980)
1988 Jogajog (1988)
1990 Lakhe Ekta (1990)
5 2002 Best Music Composer Laal Doriya (2002) Won
6 Ifad Film Club Award[19] 2012 Best Music Director N/A Won
7 39th Bachsas Awards 2013 Best Music Director Golapi Ekhon Bilatey (2010) Won
8 Ananda Binodon Star Awards 2014[a] 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awarded for the contribution in music for the years 2003 -2014 Received
9 Shaheed Altaf Mahmud Padak[22] 2015 N/A Awarded for outstanding contributions to the music Received
10 SCB-The Daily Star "Celebrating Life"[23] 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awarded for monumental contributions to Music Won
11 12th Channel i Music Awards[24] 2017 Special Honour N/A Received


Ali had been suffering from pneumonia and blood infection for a long time. Alauddin Ali was first taken to Bangkok on 3 July 2015. After examination there, it was found that he had a tumor in his lung. Then he underwent treatment for cancer along with other physical problems.[18] Earlier, he was admitted to hospital on several occasions. For a long time he was suffering from respiratory problems. He was treated in Bangladesh and Bangkok. He also been received treatment at the Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed in Savar for a long period. When his physical condition deteriorated, he was admitted to Universal Medical College Hospital in Mohakhali. Considering the situation, he was given life support. Ali died at 5:50 pm on 9 August 2020.[5] He was 67. He was buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Dhaka on 10 August 2020.[25]


  1. ^ The sources indicate that Alauddin Ali received an award in category of Lifetime Achievement, given by a cultural organization 'Shuvechchha Sangskritik Forum'. The awards given by this organization is known as 'Ananda Binodon Star Award'. Although the name of the award was not mentioned in the news link of Alauddin Ali, it had been mentioned in the news link of Suchanda.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c "Alauddin Ali: The King of Melody". The Daily Star. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Lifetime Achievement Awards Trinity". The Daily Star. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার প্রাপ্তদের নামের তালিকা (১৯৭৫-২০১২) [List of the winners of National Film Awards (1975–2012)]. Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (in Bengali). Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ "In Remembrance". The Daily Star. 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  5. ^ a b c সুরকার আলাউদ্দীন আলী মারা গেছেন. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alauddin Ali and his unforgettable melodies". The Daily Star. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  7. ^ a b "Of songs and a shining star". The Daily Star. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  8. ^ "Alauddin Ali's masterful creations". The Daily Star. 2020-08-12. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  9. ^ যে গানগুলোতে অমর আলাউদ্দীন আলী. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  10. ^ সত্তরের দশক থেকে সঙ্গীত জগতের পরিচিত নাম আলাউদ্দিন আলী. BBC News বাংলা (in Bengali). Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  11. ^ আফসোস, শেষের দিকে আব্বুর সঙ্গে কম দেখা হতো. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  12. ^ "Face to face with Alif Alauddin". The Daily Star. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  13. ^ Rakibul Hasan (11 November 2012). "Music All the Way". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  14. ^ Jabbar, Abdul. "Alauddin Ali to be buried at Mirpur intellectuals' graveyard". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  15. ^ "Bidding adieu to a star – Salma Sultana". The Daily Star. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Salma Sultana passes away". The Independent. Dhaka. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  17. ^ সুস্থ হয়ে আমার স্বামী যেন গানে ফিরতে পারেন: ফারজানা আলী. Channel i (in Bengali). 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  18. ^ a b "Alauddin Ali going to Thailand for treatment". Dhaka Tribune. 2019-10-03. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  19. ^ "Film Club Award 2012 announced". Dhaka Mirror. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  20. ^ "Alauddin Ali to get lifetime achievement award". The New Nation (in Bengali). 2015-01-13.
  21. ^ "Shuchanda gets Lifetime Achievement Award today". The Independent. Dhaka. 2016-05-31.
  22. ^ "Hasan Azizul, Alauddin Ali to receive this year's award". The Independent. Dhaka. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  23. ^ "Celebrating our heritage". The Daily Star. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  24. ^ "Channel i Music Award held". The Daily Star. 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  25. ^ "Alauddin Ali laid to rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-12.

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