Late Swadhinata Padak winning music director Abdul Ahad was recalled through a memorial programme at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The programme, which was arranged by the academy, featured discussion on life and works of Ahad and a cultural show.
Director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme, which was attended by lyricist Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, Abdul Ahad Smrity Parishad general secretary Nishat Jahan Rana and others.
The speakers praised late Ahad’s efforts to teach and promote up and coming young singers.
The discussion was followed by a cultural show.
Tagore singer Fahim Hossain paid tribute to Ahad by singing the songs Jiban Maroner Simana Chhariya and Aguner Paroshmoni, while Tagore singer Ruqaiya Hasin sang Ami Rupey Tomay and Amar Ei Path Chawatei Ananda at the programme.
The singers also rendered a number of songs composed by Abdul Ahad at the programme.
Jharna Rahman sang Amar Ar Kichhu Thak Ba Na Thak and O Duti Chokhe Chokh Rekhe and Nasima Shahin Fancy rendered Ami Sagorer Nil and Onek Bristi Jhare.
Born in 1920 in Rajshahi, Abdul Ahad showed interest in music from early life. After passing matriculation in 1934, he was admitted to City College, Calcutta. While at college he took lessons in classical music. In 1938 he took admission in Santiniketan as the first Bengali Muslim student. In 1941 he joined HMV, Kolkata and gradually became a popular music director in the recording industry as well as the film industry. After the Partition of India, Ahad joined Radio Pakistan. He introduced many new talents to the music scene, composed numerous songs and wrote several books on Bangla music during his lifetime.
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