Ignoring the harsh weather, many people have gathered on the central Shaheed Minar premises to pay homage to legendary singer Abdul Jabbar.
His body was taken to Shaheed Minar at 11:15 am on Thursday. Now people from all walks of life are paying homage to the artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
His first funeral prayer was held on Bangladesh Betar premises on Thursday morning.
A second funeral prayer will be held at the Dhaka University Central Mosque, before his burial at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in the afternoon.
Abdul Jabbar passed away at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday following prolonged illness.He was 79.
He left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Jabbar, who inspired freedom fighters as well as the nation during the Liberation War with his spirited songs, was at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the BSMMU.
He was at the ICU with chronic renal and cardiac complications since August 1, 2017. Besides, Jabbar was also suffering from other ailments like liver problems and heart disease.
Jabbar with his enthralling renditions inspired freedom fighters and the nation during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
The artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra also donated money, collected through singing at different concerts, to the Liberation War fund during the war.
"Salam Salam Hajar Salam", "Joy Bangla Banglar Joy" and "Tumi Ki Dekheso Kobhu Jiboner Porajoy" are some of his most popular hits.
Three of his songs made to the top 20 all-time Bangla songs in 2006 survey by the BBC Bangla — ‘Tumi Ki Dekhechho Kobhu Jiboner Porajoy’, ‘Salam Salam Hazar Salam’ and ‘Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy’.
He was awarded Bangabandhu Padak (1973), Ekushey Padak (1980), Swadhinata Padak (1996) and different national and international awards.
Jabbar was born in Kushtia.
He first took music lessons from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. He became an enlisted singer of radio in 1958 and television in 1964.