Md. Sikandar Alam (Odia: ସିକନ୍ଦର ଆଲାମ; 27 July 1939 – 8 August 2010) was a playback singer in Odisha film industry (known as Ollywood). He is sometimes called the Salabega of modern Odisha.

Sikandar Alam
Salabega of Modern Odisha
Born27 July 1939
Died8 August 2010(2010-08-08) (aged 71)
Alma materChrist Collegiate School, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya
Occupation(s)Playback singer, lyricist, composer, songwriter, writer
SpouseNaima Alam
Children2 daughters
Sikandar Alam
LabelsSKS Music Company, USMP, EMI, Saregama

In an interview with Monalisa Jena, he said, "I can't appreciate the changing trends where music has become an instrument of titillation with vulgar lyrics. True music soothes the frayed nerves and makes one forget one's mundane life".

Childhood and education edit

Alam was born on 27 July 1939 in Routrapur, Baialishi Mouzaa of Cuttack district. The family moved to Cuttack, where he completed his Matriculation at Christ Collegiate School and his Intermediate in Science at Stewart College. Sikandar then attended the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya to study vocal Hindustani classical music. He later studied Odissi music from Pt Balakrushna Dash.[1]

Professional career edit

His first work in the entertainment industry was with All India Radio in 1957. His debut in films was in the movie Laxmi (1964), directed by Balakrushna Dash. He sang in 50 Odia films, including Amada Bata, Adina Megha, Manika Jodi, Mamata, Suryamukhi and Puja, and recorded over 2,000 songs, earning the sobriquet "the Salabega of modern Odisha".[2][3] He created a music album called Ala ke Huzur with his wife and daughter.[3][4]

He had performed both in India and internationally. He is credited as the first Odia singer to be heard on BBC London.[3][4]

On 8 August 2010, he died in a city nursing home in Bhubaneswar at the age of 71. He was admitted to the hospital due to prolonged illness.[2][1][3][4]

Family edit

His father was an IPS officer. His wife Naima Alam, was from Kolkata. She was also a singer of Hindustani classical music, and worked at All India Radio. His eldest daughter Sophia Alam is a television actress and his youngest daughter Nazia Alam is an Odissi classical singer.[2][5]

Awards and recognition edit

  • 1969 – Chitrapuri Award
  • 1980 – Soor Sagar Title from Sri Khetra Kala Prakashani, Puri
  • 1981 – Dharitri Samman
  • 1983 – Odisha Society of America
  • 1990 – Odisha State Film Award By Culture Department
  • 1991 – Santok Singh Award
  • 1991 – Cine Critic Award for Best Playback Singer
  • 1995 – Salabega Samman by Salabega Sanskrutika Parishad, Puri
  • 1999 – Chinta-O-Chetana Samman
  • 1999 – Award From Beach Festival, Chandipur
  • 2000 – Chalachitra Sahasrabadi Award
  • 2000 – Sarankul Art College & Music Samman
  • 2000 – Saraswati Samman from Balakrushna Das Foundation
  • 2000 – Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy Award
  • 2001 – Akashavani Abasara Binodana Kendra Award
  • 2001 – Soor Taranga Award
  • 2002 – Nehru Yuba Kendra Award
  • 2003 – Kalakar Boita Bandana Utshav, Angul
  • 2003 – Sangeet Shree Samman from P.R. Deptt., West Bengal
  • 2003 – Rajiv Gandhi Samman Award
  • 2003 – Rourkela Steel Plant Award
  • 2003 – Lion's Club Award
  • 2004 – Bani Chitra Award
  • 2004 – Akashya Mohanty Award
  • 2004 – Utkal Felicitation in Odisha Festival, Kolkata
  • 2005 – Shanti Devi Purskar, Bhadrak


References edit

  1. ^ a b "Orissa: Singer Md. Sikandar Alam passes away in Bhubaneswar". Orissa Diary. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Oriya singer Sikandar Alam passes away". The Hindu. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sur Badshah ceases to sing – Noted singer Sikandar Alam passes away after cardiac arrest". Telegraph India. 9 August 2010. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Sikandar Alam An Introduction". Odia Music. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "For us singing is divine: Sikandar Alam". ollywood.wikidot. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Sikandar Alam – Recognition, Awards & Title". Odia Music. Retrieved 2 July 2015.