Edva Basheer (1943–2022) was a popular Indian playback singer, composer and choir organiser, who worked primarily in the Malayalam music industry.
Edwa Bashir was born on Thursday, 2 December 1943.age 78 years; at the time of death) in a parish in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. His zodiac sign was Sagittarius. He lived at Sam Geetalaya in Kadapakkada Pratibha Junction, Kollam for almost two decades. He did his primary and secondary schooling in a parish, after which he studied at Christuraj School, Pattathanam till class 10th. His interest in music grew when he found some old records and record players of Yesudas and Mohammad Rafi that his father had brought from abroad. He won many awards for music during his school days. He studied classical music with Ratnakaran Bhagavatar and Vechur Harihara Subramaniam. He completed an academic degree in music, Ganabushanam from Swathi Thirunal Sangeet Academy, Thiruvananthapuram in 1972. While studying at the Swathi Thirunal Sangeet Academy, he sang in mantras and started the All Kerala Musicians and Technicians Association with his friends.
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
He was the son of Lieutenant Adul Aziz and Fatimakunju.
wife and children
He had two wives named Rashida and Laila. He raised 5 children from his two marriages. The names of their children are Bhim, Ullas, Usha, Sweeta and Unmesh.
After completing his Ganabooshanam in 1972, he became a professional singer. His choir became extremely popular. Bashir acted in troupes like Raag Bhawan and Blue Diamonds. He came into limelight and founded a music troupe ‘Sangeethalay’ at Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, which was inaugurated by his idol KJ Yesudas, one of the most eminent Malayalam singers. He also did playback singing for various Malayalam songs. Her debut in playback singing was in 1978 with the song Veena Vaikkum in director Adoor Bhasi’s film Raghuvanshmi. Some of his other notable songs include ‘Azithira Malakal Azhalinte Malakal’ and ‘Vani Jayaram’ for the Malayalam film ‘Mukkuvanne Snehicha Bhootam’. He was also a regular performer in all temple festivals across Kerala. His song ‘Akasarupini, Annapurneshwari’, a song that praises Goddess Durga, was one of the most sought after songs in his stage performances. He always amazed his audience with innovative experiments in his performance. Reportedly, he was the first to play state-of-the-art musical instruments, including the accordion, on stage in Kerala. He was also the first to introduce Yamaha’s synthesizer, mixer and echo into the music system. They used many Western and Eastern musical instruments, such as Korg’s Japanese mini synthesizer, Yamaha’s echo mixer, double-deck keyboards and organ, 12-string guitar, Roland’s rhythm composer, Jupiter synthesizer and piano accordion, for Malayali listeners. There were novels. that time. He has traveled globally including the United States, United Kingdom, European countries, Middle Eastern countries and Far Eastern countries to perform in various shows.
Edwa Bashir reached his heavenly abode on Saturday, 28 May 2022. He collapsed while performing at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Bheem’s Blue Diamond Orchestra, a popular music troupe, on Saturday night. The event was held in Alappuzha, Kerala. He was performing KJ Yesudas’ Hindi song ‘Man Ho Tum Bahuti Haseen’ from the 1977 film Toote Khiladi when he collapsed on the stage. The incident was stopped and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. He was cremated at Kadapakkada Juma Masjid on Sunday, 29 May 2022. The sudden demise of Edwa Bashir saddened all his fans and the entire music industry. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Bashir and said,
The passing of Edwa Bashir, who played a key role in popularizing ‘Ganmela’, is a great loss to the music world.”
Facts / Trivia
- He was the state president of the All Kerala Musicians and Technicians Welfare Association.
- Reportedly, at the peak of his career, Bashir performed at around 4 venues a day.
- He loved traveling to different countries.