Young recitation artistes Rehnuma Tabassum Dola and Fatema-Tuz-Zohra Bristy, who died in the tragic Chawkbazar fire on February 20, were commemorated at a programme by their fellow artistes at Central Shaheed Minar on Saturday.
The programme, organised by Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad, also commemorated recently demised Ekushey Padak winning recitation artiste Nikhil Sen.
Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad president and former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, general secretary Ahkamullah, Sammilita Sangkritik Jote general secretary Hasan Arif, family members and friends of Bristy and Dola were present at the programme where artistes from around 20 recitation troupes recited poems.
‘While we can accept the death of one of the most revered recitation artistes and cultural activist in the country Nikhil Sen who died aged 88 and cherish his memories and contributions, we cannot accept the untimely deaths of Bristy and Dola,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Bristy and Dola became victims of our greed. We dreamt of a humanitarian and caring society when we fought for independence, but sadly greed has undermined that dream. We need to take serious steps to curb the greed of business owners who have made every building in the capital a death trap,’ added Noor, who also announced a recitation award named after Bristy-Dola for young recitation artistes to be given every year from 2020.
Family members of Bristy and Dola and students of Nikhil Sen also recalled their dear ones.
Banhishikha artistes commenced the programme rendering Rajanikanta Sen’s devotional song Tumi nirmala karo. Following which artistes from Kanthashilan, Srot, Sangbrita, Swarabanjan, Baithak, Abritti Academy, Swarabritta, Charubak, Swarashruti, Muktadhara, Swanan, Swarakampan and Prajanma Kantho, of which Bristy and Dola were members, performed at the programme.
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