Music and Dance Department (MDD) of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged four-day (May 18-21) memorial programmes to pay homage to the mystic bards Radharaman Datta, Ramesh Sheel, Bijoy Sarkar, Abdul Alim and Abdul Latif, along with music legends Ustad Allauddin Khan and Kamal Dasgupta. The events, featuring discussions and musical programmes, were held at the music and dance centre auditorium of BSA.
On the concluding day (May 21), BSA paid homage to legendary composer Kamal Dasgupta. Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, NDC, attended the event as chief guest while cultural personality ABM Nurul Anwar elaborated on the life and works of Kamal Dasgupta. BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the discussion. Director of Music and Dance Department of BSA, Sohrabuddin delivered the welcome address while music researcher Dr. Sayem Rana emceed the event.
“The musical era of Kamal Dasgupta is majestic and highly competitive. The legend is thought to be the composer of the largest number of songs, after Tagore and Nazrul. He was immensely popular even at the time when Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam were at the peaks of their literary careers. He had a great understanding of Hindustani classical music, based on which he composed a total of 8000 songs, of which 400 are Nazrul Sangeet, and the rest are based on various styles such as Geet and Meera Bhajan; Kabir Bhajan in Hindi; Urdu Naat; Thumri and Ghazals. Kamal Das' repute is incomparable,” said ABM Nurul Anwar.
The discussion was followed by a soulful soiree of Kamal Das Gupta's musical majesty. Evergreen singer Shakila Zafar rendered two songs -- “Ami Bonophul Go” and “Tufan Mail” and earned applause from the audience.
Rumi Ajnabi was next to take the stage and performed two songs “Bhalobasha Morey Bhikhari Korechhey” and “Menechhi Go Haar Menechhi”. Sushmita Anis beautifully rendered two songs “Laguk Dola” and “Dhirey Dhirey Bol Rey Moyna”. Dinat Jahan Munni also performed two songs “Ami Duronto Boishakhi Jhor” and Emoni Borsha Chhilo Shedin”. Noted artistes Subir Nandi, Iffat Ara Dewan, Yasmin Mushtari, Timir Nandi and Sujit Mustafa also performed two songs each at the event.