Musicians are neglected and deprived of their dues in the country’s music industry, said speakers at the third national conference of Bangladesh Musicians’ Foundation at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
‘Musicians in the country do not get the respect they deserve. Moreover, they are deprived of their dues. We hope that the situation will change in future,’ said noted flautist and president of Bangladesh Musicians’ Foundation Gazi Abdul Hakim, who also emphasised the need of establishing a music institution where students will be taught to play musical instruments.
Musicians from across the country participated at the third national conference which included a rally, awards ceremony, discussion and cultural show.
Musicians who work for Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television or as freelancers gathered in front of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the afternoon to participate in the event, which commenced with a colourful rally.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended the conference as the chief guest, while seasoned singer Syed Abdul Hadi and senior secretary of finance ministry Hedayetullah Al Mamun, among others, were also present on the occasion.
BMF president Gazi Abdul Hakim presided over the programme.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said, ‘It is good to know that the musicians’ foundation is working to uphold the rights of the musicians. I hope the foundation will prosper day by day and work as an effective platform to promote rights of musicians’.
Flautist Ustad Basudev Das and violinist Ustad Alauddin Mia were presented honourary awards for their contribution to the music scene at the event.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor handed over the awards to them. The minister also handed over a cheque of Tk two lakh for the treatment of ailing veteran tabla player Madon Gopal Das at the programme.
Following discussion and awards giving programme, a vibrant cultural show was held at the event. Seasoned singers Syed Abdul Hadi, Ferdous Ara, Dinat Jahan Munni and a number of instrumentalists from across the country performed at the show.
Syed Abdul Hadi sang his evergreen song Chokher Najor Emni Koira to the audience’s delight, while Nazrul singer Ferdous Ara presented popular Nazrul song Khelichho E Bishwa Loye.
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