People from all walks of life paid tribute to eminent educationist-musicologist Dr Karunamaya Goswami at Central Shaheed Minar in a public mourning on Monday morning.
Ekushey-Padak winning Goswami, who has wrote over 50 research works on music including Sangeet Kosh, died on Friday night at a hospital following a cardiac failure. He was 74.
Renowned musicians, cultural activists and common people as well as cultural organisations and institutes like Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanaut, Udichi Shipigoshthi, Music department of Dhaka University and others placed flower wreaths on the pavement of Shaheed Minar where Goswami’s body was kept for public mourning ceremony organised by Sammilito Sangskritik Jote.
Dhaka University’s vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, thespians Ramendu Majumder and Mamunur Rashid, chairman of Nazrul Institute professor emeritus Rafiqul Islam and others spoke on the life and works of Goswami at the event.
‘Goswami started as a Nazrul researcher and later worked on Tagore as well. He published important research works on both of the poets, which will continue to help future researchers’, said Raiqul Islam.
‘Karunamaya Goswami was a versatile person. Goswami published a number of fictions alongside his research-based publications. Goswami’s Sangeet Kosh is perhaps the best written music encyclopedia of Bangla songs’, said honourary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar.
Apart from Sangeet Kosh, Goswami wrote numerous books on music like Bangla Ganer Bibartan, Bangla Gaan Swaralipi-Itihash, Rabindra Sangeet Parikrama, Rabindra Sangeet Swaralipi (in two volumes), Nazrul Geeti Prashanga, Rabindra Natya Sangeet, Abbasuddin, Atul Prasader Gaan, Bangladesher Uchango Sangeet Charcha, Rabindra Sangeetkala, Nazrul Sangeet Janopriyotar Swarup Sandhan, Bangla Kabyageetir Dharay Nazrul Islamer Shan and others.
Goswami’s latest novel titled ‘Lahor-e Rahim Sheikh’ earned him much acclaim as novelist. ‘My father had a plan to write a few novels on the liberation war as well’, said Tithi Goswami, daughter of Karunamaya Goswami.
Goswami, Born in 1943 in Kishoreganj, passed MA in English from Dhaka University in 1964.
He did his PhD under a Bangla Academy scholarship on Nazrul in 1987 during when he wrote the thesis titled ‘The Place Kazi Nazrul Islam Occupies in the History of Bengali Art Songs’.
He started his professional career as a teacher of English department at Narayanganj Tolaram College and served as the principal of Narayanganj Women’s College.
Later he joined Cambrian College as its principal, a position which he held till his death.
Goswami’s body was cremated on Monday in Narayanganj according to his wish.
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