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11:00 PM, September 23, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, September 23, 2009

The village bard lives on in the memory

Shah Abdul Karim’s death condoled


Shah Abdul Karim

Speakers at a condolence meeting held recently in Sylhet said composer and singer of hundreds of our popular folk and mystic songs, Shah Abdul Karim had been completely committed to his art. The village bard, they pointed out, was a luminous figure in our cultural world.
Sylhet Bibhagio Gitikar Sangsad organised the meeting at the Sylhet Central Shahid Minar premises with MA Maleque Khan in the chair. Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran was chief guest while Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar, Mir Shah Alam and Vice-President of Sylhet Press Club, Al Azad were among the speakers.
The chief guest said, the legendary figure 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim had presented high calibre folk and spiritual songs at home and abroad in a short span of time. The village bard would remain alive through his unique works, he asserted.
The speakers said the 'Baul Samrat' had struck a responsive chord in the hearts of rural folk of Sunamganj ever his boyhood. People of all sections of society, be it the common man or the elite had been irrevocably touched by his songs. Karim, they went on to add, was above narrow communal feelings, rather his philosophy gave pride of place to human beings. His death is an irreparable loss for the nation, they concluded.

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