Kabir Suman (born March 16, 1949), is a Kolkata-based modern Bengali singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet, journalist, TV presenter and occasional film actor. He changed his name from Suman Chattopadhaya to Mohammed Faruk first, then again to Kabir Suman (Bangla: কবীর সুমন) when he became a Muslim to marry Sabina Yasmin . He shot to fame in the 1990s with albums such as Tomake Chai (Bangla: তোমাকে চাই I Want You) and Boshe Anko (Bangla: বসে আঁকো Sit-and-Draw Contest). His contemporary urban, socially conscious songs draw upon both Bengali adhunik (modern) and Western folk and protest music. His work has been a major influence in the development of the Bengali songs, which has influenced bands like Chandrabindoo, and has grown to become a major movement in contemporary Bengali music. Most of his songs are played solo with just a
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