Songs based on the earliest Bangla literature Charyapada need to be nurtured and promoted, said the discussants at a seminar held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Composer of all the 47 Charyas professor Alim Mahmud, thespian Ataur Rahman, Jahangirnagar University drama professor Afsar Ahmed, Dhaka University Bangla department professor Syed Azizul Haq, Government Saadat College principal professor Rezaul Karim, poet and researcher Dr Mahbub Sadik and actor S M Mohsin, among others, opined that the golden treasures of the eighth century literature Charyapada can be rendered as songs, which may enrich the music scene of the country.
Swapnadal founder Zahid Repon delivered the welcome speech.
The discussants praised Alim Mahmud for his initiatives of composing songs based on the ancient verses of the Charyapada and demanded the government initiatives for their promotion and recognistion as a distinctive music genre.
‘The verses of Charyapada are sources for many quality poems and songs composed by the legendary poets like Rabindranath Tagore and Jibananda Das. So, these verses can be a distinctive music genre for the contemporary audience,’ said Alim, claiming that he followed relevant ragas while composing the 47 verses as songs.
Following the discussions, Manjishri Sutradhar rendered some verses of the Charyapada, composed and tuned by Alim Mahmud.
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