Scholar of the Year
Kalim Sharafi

Kalim Sharafi

About Kalim Shafafi:
Kalim Sharafi (b. 8 May 1924 ) is a renowned Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet singer and cultural revolutionary. Noushaba Khatun is his wife. He gave his ideas in several publications regarding politics, culture and Tagore. He is regarded as one of the best Rabindra sangeet singer in the subcontinent.
Early life :
Kalim Sharafi was born in Birbhun village of West Bengal on 8 May, 1924. His family was a part of a pir family who came from Sonargaon . His passion for music blossomed at an early age as he came across with renowned artists of pre-independent India . He said, "As a child I used to find Rabindranath 's compositions naturally melodic and heart touching and would grasp them easily".
Politics:
Sharafi involved in politics at teenage of 18 as he joined the Quit India movement in 1942. Consequently he was arrested by police from his village and spent more than a year in prison with other activists. However he was the only Muslim among them.
Carrier:
Kalim Sharafi was the founding director of Bangladesh Television in 1964. He was a follower of Communism which predominantly disheartened his musical carrier. He was banned from both of the state running media BTV and Bangladesh Betar as a result of his political ideology. Sharafi also worked in Bangladesh Textile Corporation for a while. He is the current president of the "Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha".
Family:
Sharafi married Noushaba Khatun and have five children including one son and four daughters.
Honors:
Sharafi was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1985 and Shadhinota Padak in 1999.
References:
Karim, Elita, " An Inspiring Force in Music ", Star Weekend Magazine, The Daily Star , http://www.thedailystar.net/magazine/2007/07/03/cover.htm