Khoda Box Sain was awarded the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 1990 for his outstanding contribution to Baul music. He wrote about 900 songs and was one of the pioneers who established Lalon's shrine at Chheuria in Kushtia during the Pakistan period. Khoda Box Sain Smriti Sangsad, the family-funded organisation, organises a two-day baul festival from January 16-17 every year, on the occasion of his death anniversary in Jahapur village of Alamdanga in Chuadanga district. It is a matter of sorrow that the Ministry of Culture or private sponsors have never come forward to fund that event. We hope and expect that from next year onwards, the Ministry of Culture and the Deputy Commissioner of Chuadanga, as well as other sponsors and media will come forward to promote that event.
Md. Abdul Karim