Renowned lyricist, poet and writer Latiful Islam Shibli, known for his many iconic song lyrics including popular tracks of rock legends Ayub Bachchu and James, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The songwriter has shared this news himself from his verified Facebook profile on Sunday night.
"Everything is useless when the command of Allah and the decision of destiny does not favour a person - no matter how one keeps doing exercise or maintain a fit body. I have been tested positive for COVID-19. Alhamdulillah, I'm fine so far, just a slight fever and cough, and currently in isolation. Keep me in prayers," Shibli wrote on his post.
Known as one of the most prominent lyricists of rock music in Bangladesh from the '90s, Shibli has penned many iconic and superhit songs including Hashte Dekho Gaite Dekho, Keu Shukhi Noy, Koshto (Ayub Bachchu); Jail Theke Bolchhi, Priyo Akashi, Mannan Miyar Titash Molom, Natore Station (James), Tumi Amar Prothom Shokal (Shakila Zafar and Tapan Chowdhury), Hajar Borsha Raat (Souls) and more.
As a novelist, Shibli has penned three bestseller novels 'Darvish (2017), Dokhol (2018) and Asman (2019).
He has also been known as a model and acted in television drama and advertisements.
As a dramatist, Shibli wrote popular drama for television including Rajkumari, Highway to Heaven, The Good Citizen, Nuru Mia the painter and more. He also acted in the drama Rajkumari, as one of its main characters Mirza Galeeb.
Shibli has published three poetry books: Icche Holey Chhutey Pari Tomar Oviman (1995), Tumi Amar Kosto Gulo Sobuj Kore Dao Na (2010) and Mathar Upor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Akash, Buker Vetor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Dirghoshash (2014).
He is the author of a book entitled Bangladesh-A Band Sangit Andolon, sponsored and published by the Bangla Academy in 1997 as a complete research book on band music of Bangladesh, first of such kind in the country.
His first music Album Niyom Vangar Niyom (2018) was tuned, written, composed and sung by the artist himself
In 2015, his debut feature film as a writer titled Podmo Patar Jol won National Film Award in two Categories and BACHSAS award in five categories.