Feroza Begum immortalised through dedicated website by ACI Foundation
Feroza Begum was a once in a generation artiste, having devoted her life to promote and teach Nazrul Sangeet, as well as becoming one of the most well-known exponents of the craft in South East Asia.
To mark the legend's 91st Birth Anniversary on July 28, ACI Foundation recently took the initiative to launch the "Feroza Begum Archive", a website dedicated to her, highlighting her legacy for generations to come.
By logging in to www.ferozabegum.com, one can access a wealth of music, videos, albums and verified information, among much more, in the finely curated site.
Bilingual biographies, as well as the awards that Feroza Begum has received during her lifetime, are also present in a neatly managed tab, including rare pictures barely seen before by the public.
Full volumes of songs, including valuable staff notations, can be found, as well as hand-written letters by the legend herself.
The opening ceremony on July 28, which was hosted by renowned Nazrul Sangeet exponent Sadya Afreen Mallick, was heartfelt and emotional. ACI Chairman and brother of Feroza Begum, M Anis Ud Dowla and disciple and niece Shusmita Anis, could not be present due to the loss of a family member.
Shusmita Anis had worked incredibly hard to make the three-year project a reality, earning praise from all the guests in the ceremony.
The Chief Guest of the programme, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Honourable Speaker of Parliament, had emphasised on the importance of such website, as did former cultural minister and eminent actor, Asaduzzaman Noor. Renowned names from both Bengals, including Ferdausi Rahman, Mustafa Monwar, Shafin Ahmed, Srikanta Acharya, M Asafuddowla, Matiur Rahman, Haimanti Sukla, Arati Mukherji and Anup Ghoshal also paid their tributes during the programme.