Ustad Shah Abdul Karim is a Bangladeshi legendary musician, composer, lyricist and music teacher. He has taken Baul music to unique heights. In his career he has composed over five hundred songs. In Bengali music he is referred to as the "Baul Emperor". He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 by the Government of Bangladesh for his outstanding contribution to Bengali music.
Shah Abdul Karim was born to Ibrahim Ali and Nayorjan on 15 February 1918 in Dirai upazila of Sunamganj district in Sylhet.  He received his early musical education from his guru Baul Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh at a very young age. He married Aftab-un-Nesa, whom he called Sarala. He has been living permanently in Ujandhal village near his hometown since 1958.
Shah Abdul Karim was born to Ibrahim Ali and Nayorjan on 15 February 1918 in Dirai upazila of Sunamganj district in Sylhet.  He received his early musical education from his guru Baul Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh at a very young age. He married Aftab-un-Nesa, whom he called Sarala. He has been living permanently in Ujandhal village near his hometown since 1956.
The happiness of the life of the people of Bhati region is love as well as his song speaks against all injustice, injustice, prejudice and communalism. He got his song inspiration from the philosophy of famous Baul emperors Fakir Lalon Shah, Punju Shah and Duddu Shah. Although poverty forced him to spend his labor in agriculture, nothing could stop him from composing songs. He was initiated into Baulgan by the devotee Rashid Uddin, Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh. He has also practiced Shariat, Marfati, physiology, folk music, Baul songs and other branches of music.
Self-taught Baul Shah Abdul Karim has so far written and composed more than five hundred songs. 10 of his songs have been translated into English at the initiative of Bangla Academy. Although he wrote songs from a young age, even a few years ago, these songs were popular only among the people of Bhati region. A few years before his death, a number of artists re-sang the songs of Baul Shah Abdul Karim and gained wide popularity. Baulsadhak Shah Abdul has struggled with poverty for a large part of his life. Although various organizations came forward to help him at different times, he never accepted it. In 2006, an audio publishing house called Sound Machine released an album of 12 of his popular songs sung by various artists in his honor, including the living legend Baul Shah Abdul Karim. Proceeds from the sale of this album were donated to his family for treatment of his aging disease. In 2007, a book based on the life and work of Shah Abdul Karim was published for the first time during Baul's lifetime, edited by folk culture researcher and essayist Suman Kumar Das.