Ekushey Padak winning singer Rathindranath Roy presented inspirational songs those used to be aired from the defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the war of independence in 1971 at a solo show held at Chhayanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi on Monday.
A leading traditional singer in the country, Rathindranath Roy also rendered different genres of traditional songs such as bhawaiya and bhatilai at the show organised by the Bengal Foundation as part of its monthly music event styled Praner Khela.
Roy began the show singing an inspirational song Bhola mon, which has been composed by Roy based a on a poem by Sikandar Abu Zafar.
He next presented the popular patriotic song Amar e desh sab manusher, which he used to render at the then Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the liberation war in 1971, and Bhebonago maa tomar chhelera.
Besides, Roy also presented a number of bhawaiya and bhatialy songs like O bogilarey,
Ami asha korey, Kothay niranjan, Joibon joar and others to the delight of
Roy was accompanied by Milon Bhattacharya on tabla, Maniruzzaman on flute, Solaiman on dotara, Nazmul on Mandira and Binod Roy on keybord.
Rathindranath Roy received Ekushey Padak in 1994 and Popular Folk Song Award in the World Youth Festival of East Germany in 1973.
‘Rathindranth Roy is the favourite singer of my father. I grew up listening to his songs. I hope they will organise more similar programmes in future,’ said M R Rasel, an audience member.
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