James showered with Love on his 58th birthday
National Award-winning rock icon Faruq Mahfuz Anam, better known as James, and celebrated as ‘Nagar Baul’ or simply ‘Guru,’ turned 58 on Sunday, and admirers showered the certified legend of the country’s band music scene with genuine respect and affection in spades across the country, as well as virtual platforms.
Since the late 1980s, the most charismatic frontman of his generation with renowned rock band ‘Nagar Baul’ (formerly known as ‘Feelings’), has entrenched his legacy in the hearts of his followers, who eagerly anticipate the rock legend’s birthday celebrations each and every year.
While millions of fans across the globe have been celebrating the day with noteworthy events, his fans and admirers in the Bangladeshi entertainment sphere showered the iconic superstar throughout the day, sharing their special moments and tributes.
Many other bands, musicians and celebrities have also shared their memories with the rock legend on Facebook and Instagram, showering the superstar with love and blessings throughout the day.
Born in 1964 in Naogaon at Rajshahi, James was brought up in Chittagong due to his father Mojammel Haque’s work who later became the Chairman of the Dhaka Education Board. His family did not approve his wish to become a music artist, thus he left home in 1976 and started living in Aziz Boarding in Pahartali, Chittagong.
Without the approval of his family, James started his profound journey in music in his youth during the late 70’s. He formed his band ‘Feelings’ in 1977 with himself on vocals and lead guitar, and released the band’s first album ‘Station Road’ in 1987. The band was later renamed as ‘Nagar Baul’, a moniker that James has also adopted individually.
Besides the other two companions, LRB and ARK in the ‘Big Three of Bangladeshi Rock’ in the 90’s era in Bangladeshi music industry, James garnered immense popularity among fans all over the world with his versatile style in psychedelic rock. He has also established his legacy as a solo artist and a successful playback singer in both Dhallywood and Bollywood. In 2006, he debuted in Bollywood as a playback singer in Anurag Basu’s film ‘Gangstar’, and his journey in Bollywood was continued with three other films – ‘Woh Lamhe’ (2006), ‘Life… in a Metro’ (2007) and ‘Warning’ (2013).
In his motherland, James received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer twice for the films ‘Desha: The Leader’ (2014) and ‘Swatta’ (2017). As a solo artist, he has released a total of 8 albums and many mixed albums with renowned artists of Bangladesh.
‘Taray Taray Rotiye Debo’ (penned by legendary poet Shamsur Rahman), ‘Maa’, ‘Bangladesh’, ‘Pagla Hawaa’, ‘Dushtu Chheler Dol’, ‘Guru Ghor Banaila Ki Diya’, ‘Mirabai’ etc. are some of James’s iconic Bengali rock numbers that cemented his legacy as ‘Guru’ to his fans in all over the world.
James has also proved his versatility in other mediums as a photographer and media entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chairman of the board of renowned Bangladeshi production house Red Dot Entertainment.