Four eminent Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artistes presented liberation war songs, which were immensely popular during the war of liberation, at a programme on Sunday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The singers were Tapan Mahmud, Shaheen Samad, Dalia Nawsheen and Rafiqul Alam, who inspired common people and freedom fighters through their songs during the war of liberation.
Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad organised the programme as part of its regular monthly event.
‘Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad holds musical programmes every month. Since December is the month of victory we have invited four renowned Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artistes to sing the songs which inspired the people during the liberation war in 1971’, said Bishajit Roy, general secretary of Bangladesh Sangathan Samannay Parishad.
The singers took to the stage with the famous liberation war song Purba Digante Suryo Uthechhe playing on the background. Next the singers in chorus sang Dwijendralal Roy’s patriotic song Dhana Dhanye Pushpe Bhora.
Dalia Nawsheen sang Ek Sagor Rokter Binimoye, Tapan Mahmud rendered Tagore’s patriotic song O Amar Desher Mati, Rafiqul Alam sang Rokto Diye Naam Likhechi and Shaheen Samad rendered Jonotar Songram.
The singers also rendered songs like Bhebonago Ma, Mago Bhabna Keno, Jodi Tor Daak Shune and few others. In-between the performances the artistes recalled their days at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971.
‘In the turbulent days of 1971, the artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra played an important role by inspiring the people and freedom fighters. They still inspire us today with their songs. We are thankful to them for their contribution,’ Tariqul Alam, an audience member, told New Age.
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