Published Feb 13, 2016 04:17pm

End of a legend: Fans pay tribute to Bangladeshi music director Robin Ghosh

Ghosh was married to Pakistani veteran actress Shabnam and composed the soundtrack for iconic Pakistani films like Aina
Ghosh was married to Pakistani veteran actress Shabnam and composed the soundtrack for iconic Pakistani films like Aina

Bangladeshi music director Robin Ghosh passed away in Dhaka today due to respiratory failure. He was 79.

Ghosh was married to to Pakistani veteran actress Shabnam, with whom he had one son Ronnie.

He has composed the soundtracks of numerous Pakistani films, including the iconic Aaina. He has received multiple Nigar Awards for Talaash (1963), Chakori (1967), Chahat (1974), Aaena (1977), Amber (1978) and Dooriyan (1984).

Ghosh was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka after he fell sick three days ago. He had suffered a stroke late last year.

Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the man and his legacy:


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Qureshi Feb 13, 2016 04:51pm

True Legend passed away. We will always remember his work as a music director in Pakistani movies. Great music, great songs will be remembered.

Aamir Feb 13, 2016 06:51pm

Very sad news. Brilliant music director. No one is going forget his haunting melodies. Absolute legend.

"Sona Na Chandi Na Kohi Mahal" from Bandish will always remain my favorite.

Majority of Robin Ghosh's songs were copied by Bollywood.

RIP Robin Ghosh.

Proust Feb 13, 2016 07:23pm

Oh! What a fine musician he was. I still remember all the lilting, humming tunes he created. His music was the corner stone of our film industry along with his superb actress wife Shabnam in 60's and 70's. What he created is a legend now. A sad loss. RIP Sir.

Ghosh Feb 13, 2016 07:41pm

I first came to know of Robin Ghosh in Europe when a Pakistani introduced to me told me about him, seeing we both have the same family name. By the way, Shabnam is also from Bangladesh /former East Pakistan (but this Ghosh is from India). Her actual name is Jharna Basak.

Changez_Khan Feb 13, 2016 07:43pm

Absolutely Robin Ghosh was a great music director, he will be missed in the film industry. RIP.

Rashid Feb 13, 2016 07:57pm

A legend and one of the best composer of Pakistani film industry.

madhusudan Feb 13, 2016 08:00pm

I feel depress if any veteran artist dies anywhere on this earth.

zak Feb 13, 2016 08:10pm

For us all a true Pakistani passed away and we also feel for Bangladesh, whom he served well. Our prayers for all.

M. Emad Feb 13, 2016 08:33pm

Robin Ghosh has little connection with Bangladesh and its culture. He spent most of his creative life in Pakistan Film Industry and missed the most historic year of Bangladesh.

Zia Feb 13, 2016 09:46pm

RIP. What a music director and a gentleman.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 13, 2016 10:05pm

Robin ghosh has given some unforgettable songs to Pakistanis which will always be treasured in our mind - his wife shabnum has also played a vital role as an leading actress in the 60s,70s and 80s not to be forgotten - we salute both of you for giving us good entrainment for 3 decades.

Muslim Medina Feb 13, 2016 10:09pm

Music world has lost a legend. Robin Gosh has given Pakistani film music ever green melodies. Rest in peace Robin Gosh.

hamid shafiq Feb 13, 2016 10:40pm

In previous two days we lost 2 top people of Arts and culture Bajeea and Robin Ghosh RIP

Goga Nalaik Feb 13, 2016 10:46pm

RIP Sir,

You will be remembered

BNS Feb 13, 2016 11:21pm

Condolences to family. Mr. Ghosh was a great artist and did great work.

razi Feb 14, 2016 01:59am

Rest in peace Robin!!

Shahzad Akhund Feb 14, 2016 04:00am

A great loss to the world of music. He was one of the few great composers. My condolence to his life partner, and herself a great artist, Shabnam and their son. May Allah rest his soul in peace.

Ashraf Nahyoon Feb 14, 2016 06:56am

A great musician he was. Rest in peace.

Khan Feb 14, 2016 07:48am


He was not from India .. He was born in Iraq to an Iraqi mother during his father's posting there and his brother was a famous Bengali film director. Shabnum (Jharna Basak) and Robin Ghosh were attached to Lollywood during its golden era in 1960's /1970s and Shabnum's last film in Pakistan was released in 1997. Robin Ghosh music will live on forever as one of legendary musician .. May his soul rest in peace.

Ghosh Feb 14, 2016 09:27am

I am astonished to find that, while DAWN a Pakistani media has carried this news, no Bangladeshi website has reported this.

hirjee Feb 14, 2016 09:53am

Great musician. I pray his soul may rest in eternal peace. Aamin

Tanvir Feb 14, 2016 10:26am

Sad to hear this bad news. Grew up listening to Robin sahab's beautiful, melodious songs in Pakistan. May Allah bless him and give Shabnam ji (the queen of Pakistan cinema) sabr. Glad they were able to visit Pakistan together a few years ago.

Aks Feb 14, 2016 11:32am

Very sad most favourite, one of the best the country had.

Ashraf Feb 14, 2016 12:12pm

Artists like Robin Gosh belong to humanity. South Asia has lost an able son who was able to connect with all its people

Paul Jacob Feb 14, 2016 08:32pm

Roban Ghosh was great music master nice noble man. Though we are sad that he is passed away. But I know, who those are in Jesus christ. They will never die. Because when they accept him their Savior. Jesus gives eternal life to followers. He is arrived in Heaven with out any doubt. God bless his family with peace and patience.

AG Feb 14, 2016 09:13pm


Ghosh Feb 14, 2016 09:45pm

@Khan : I know Robin Ghosh came from East Pakistan/Bangladesh. By "this Ghosh" i meant myself. Thank you anyway for the additional information you provided. Best Regards.

Rizwan Feb 15, 2016 12:50am

Robin Ghosh was one of the few Pakistani cinema music director who carved the unique musical path for Pakistani music. He gave a new and refreshing identity to Pakistani music. He will always be remembered as one of the legend and pioneer in Pakistan's musical industry.

Farooq Feb 15, 2016 01:42am

Rest in peace and thank you and your wife for entertaining a whole generation of Pakistanis

hameed Baloch Feb 15, 2016 06:40am

Robin Sahib RIP, What was musician he was, he will be live for ever for his melodious tones which he composed for Pakistan Film Industry during its Golden Era. He started from scratches, following Theodore Roosevelt's famous quote, "Do what you can, with you have and wherever you are." He never assigned any song to Noor Jehan because of her strong arrogance and lobbying. Despite lacking such a big name in his account he made songs for Roona Laila, Mehnaz, Nayyara Noor, Mehdi Hassan, Ikhlaq Ahmed, Ghulam Abbas, Ahmed Rushdi, Alamgir etc. I have an emotional attachment with his compositions because I grew up during that period and his songs gave me a hope for otherwise a bleak future. Thank you Sir for everything.

Khan Feb 15, 2016 06:58am

@Ghosh Sir Thank you for the clarification .. I mistook it since you wrote it while talking about them.

Hameed Ajmal Sheikh Feb 15, 2016 01:50pm

He scored music for a number of memorable Pakistani Films which are highly appreciated.His tunes had a sweet Begali Touch and far touching effects which were highly poular and made the films very successful.These songs will always remind us of his love for music and films made in Pakistan.We shall really miss him.

Lotus Feb 15, 2016 04:58pm

Robin sahib,May you remain blessed always in your eternal life in the Heavens.

Jawaid Islam Feb 15, 2016 05:10pm

Legend. His melodies will live on.