Today is the 47th disappearance day of eminent singer, composer, social activist and freedom fighter Altaf Mahmud, who is celebrated for his composition of Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February.
Marking the day, Altaf Mahmud Foundation has organised a commemorative programme at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Seasoned actors Ferdausi Majumdar and Syed Hasan Imam will be honoured at the programme.
‘Every year we organise the programme marking disappearance day of Altaf Mahmud, who was abducted on August 30, 1971 by Pakistani occupation forces. At the programme, we honour eminent actors and cultural activists with Altaf Mahmud Padak’, said Shawon Mahmud, daughter of Altaf Mahmud and member secretary of Altaf Mahmud Foundation.
Altaf Mahmud Foundation has been presenting Altaf Mahmud Padak since 2005 to artists, writers and cultural activists who have made contributions to the liberation war and cultural arena of the country after liberation.
Earlier, AMF presented Altaf Mahmud Padak to musicians Alam Khan, Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, Alauddin Ali, artists Qayyum Chowdhury and Mustafa Monwar, writers professor emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, Hasan Azizul Huq, national professor Rafiqul Islam and Mofidul Hoque, singers Ajit Roy, Sabina Yasmin, film actor Razzak, theatre activist Aly Zaker and others.
Altaf Mahmud was born in Patarchar village in Barisal on December 23, 1933. Mahmud developed passion for music in his early teens. He took his first music lessons from Suren Roy.
Mahmud came to Dhaka in 1950 and joined Dhumketu Shilpi Shongho. During the days of the language movement, he sang people’s songs to inspire language activists.
In the mid-1960s, Mahmud began composing playback songs for films. He composed songs for films like Jibon Theke Neya, Kaise Kahu, Kar Bou, Tanha and others.
Mahmud took part in the liberation war as a member of Dhaka Crack Platoon and also worked as a producer at the defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
He created a hideout for freedom fighters at his house. However, the hideout was discovered by Pakistani occupation forces and Altaf Mahmud was abducted on August 30, 1971.
Mahmud was (posthumously) awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1977 and Independence Day Award in 2004.
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