Ode to motherland
Bengal Foundation launched the album Mukto Koro Bhoy at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi on May 13. The album is a compilation of 12 patriotic Rabindra Sangeet rendered by Iffat Ara Dewan, Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Sajed Akbar, Mita Haque, Bulbul Islam, Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury, Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Aditi Mohsin. This was Bengal's way of celebrating Rabindranath's 147th birth anniversary. The programme also included live performances by the artistes.
Classical singer, Shanti Sharma, who passed away recently in Delhi at the age of 52, was remembered at the programme. A one-minute-silence was observed in Shanti Sharma's memory.
President of Bengal Foundation, Abul Khair invited the chief guest Air Vice Marshal (retd) A.K. Khandaker to launch the CD. “I greatly enjoy listening to Rabindra Sangeet and hope that this CD will be appreciated by the listeners as well,” said the chief guest after formally unveiling the CD.
The musical programme began with a choral rendition of Shongkocher bihobolota nijeri opoman, which is also the opening track of the CD. Next, Iffat Ara Dewan rendered Sharthok jonomo amar. One by one, the artiste presented their songs from the album, which included O amar desher mati by Bulbul Islam; Tor aponjoney chharbey torey by Laisa Ahmed Lisa; Banglar mati Banglar jol by Fahim Hossain; Amra milechi aaj maayer daakey by Aditi Mohsin; Ke eshey jae phirey phirey by Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury and Ei kothata dhore rakhish by Mita Haque.
Aditi Mohsin's composed breathy voice and Laisa Ahmed's melodious notes created a harmonious contrast. Other performances included Jodi tor daak shuney keu na ashey by Bulbul Islam and Aaji Bangladesher hridoy hotey by Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury, inducing a spirit of patriotism among the audience. The last performance of the evening was Nai nai bhoy, hobe hobe joy by Mita Haque. The show wrapped up with the crowd applauding the flawless rendition.
Sajed Akbar, who could not attend the programme, has lent his voice to the song Orey nuton juger bhorey in the album.
A touching gesture was everyone singing the National Anthem along with the artistes.