Sudhin Das and Bipul Bhattacharya receive awards | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 01, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 01, 2010

‘Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Padak’

Sudhin Das and Bipul Bhattacharya receive awards


Top-Bottom: Sudhin Das presents the award money to Kumkum, to assist in Bhattacharya's medical treatment. Shaheen Samad, Dalia Nawshin and Shimul Yousuf render songs composed by Mahmood.Photo: Mumit M.

Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das and Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Bipul Bhattacharya received this year's 'Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Padak'. Organised by Shaheed Altaf Mahmood Foundation, the award giving ceremony was held on August 30 at the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka. Altaf Mahmood was abducted by the Pakistani army on this day during the Liberation War.
Motiur Rahman, editor of the Bangla daily Prothom Alo, was the chief guest at the programme. Freedom fighter Shahidullah Khan presided over the event. Among others, Mofidul Haque, one of the trustees, Liberation War Museum; theatre personality Nasiruddin Yousuff and director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Kamal Lohani spoke at the programme.
Sudhin Das and Bipul Bhattacharya received the awards for their contributions to Bangla music. Bhattacharya was unable to attend the programme because of his current illness. His wife Kumkum Bhattacharya received the crest on his behalf. The award also carries money. Sudhin Das presented the award money to Kumkum, to assist in Bhattacharya's medical treatment.
At the programme, the speakers discussed on the life and works of Shaheed Altaf Mahmood and urged everyone to remember the composer with highest admiration. In his speech, Motiur Rahman recalled his acquaintance with Mahmood.
A brief cultural programme was also held at the venue. Nazrul singers Shaheen Samad, Dalia Nawshin and noted theatre activist Shimul Yousuf rendered songs composed by Mahmood. The renditions included “Amra Purbo Poshchimey” and musical adaptation of Kazi Nazrul Islam's “Bidrohi”. Jharna Sarkar recited a poem “Babar Nazrul”, dedicating it to Mahmood.
Altaf Mahmood is best known for his music composition of “Amar Bhai-er Roktey Rangano Ekushey February”. He composed music for at least 20 films during the period of 1964-'71. Mahmood actively took part in the guerrilla operation in Dhaka during the Liberation War.

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