The Independence Day Award winning musician and freedom fighter Samar Das’ contribution to film was analysed at a seminar held at Bangladesh Film Achieve on Tuesday.
The late musician worked in a few films but earned a permanent place as director of some brilliant music scores and composer of some wonderful playbacks, said the discussants.
The seminar was organised by the archive, which was facilitating 13 research projects on different aspects of film.
In her keynote paper, singer and researcher Anima Mukti Gomes said it was not possible to know exactly in how many films Samar Das worked as a musician. ‘We have identified nine films including first Bangla talkie Mukh O Mukhosh where Samar Das worked as music director and composer,’ she said.
He composed and directed everlasting melodies for one of the first films made in independent Bangladesh, Dhirey Bahey Meghna, and invited two Indian legendary singers Hemanta Mukherjee and Sandhya Mukhopadhyay to record playbacks of the film such as Kato Je Dhire Bahe Meghna.
He also composed and directed playbacks and background music for Matir Pahar, Asiya, Dhire Bahe Meghna, Raja Elo Sohorey and others and through his work he proved his prowess, she said.
Samar Das composed over 2000 songs in his career and many of them were later used in films too, she said.
Musician Sheikh Sadi Khan and musicologist Sayeem Rana also discussed at the seminar.
A member of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, Das composed inspirational songs such as Purba Digante Surya Uthechhe, Nongor Tolo Tolo and others during the war of independence.
Das also transcribed staff notation of the national anthem for orchestra in 1972.
Born in 1929 in Dhaka, Samar Das received music lessons at home in his early years. He was enlisted as a flautist at the then Dacca centre of All India Radio in 1945.
He joined the HMV Gramophone Company as a pianist in 1953. In 1967, he joined as a music producer of the then Dacca Radio now Bangladesh Betar.
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