American folk singer Pete Seeger was remembered at a commemorative programme held at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Monday.
The programme was organised by Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi marking the singer’s 100th birth anniversary, which was celebrated on May 3 across the world.
The programme featured discussions, cultural shows, awards ceremony and others.
Veteran politician and Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon was present as the chief guest, while state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus and others were present as special guests at the event.
The programme was presided over by Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi president Fakir Alamgir.
Wrishiz artistes commenced the programme rendering the songs Jago jago sarbahara and We shall overcome.
Writer-researcher Mofidul Hoque presented the key note speech at the programme.
‘Though Pete Seeger took part in the Second World War, he was an anti-war activist. His famous song “We shall overcome” originated from churches but he established it as a revolutionary song,’ said Mofidul Haque.
‘Pete Seeger sang to establish the rights of the marginalised people in society. His songs give the people a glimpse into contemporary society,’ said Rashed Khan Menon.
‘His songs continue to motivate us even today. The younger generation can learn a lot him,’ said Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.
‘Pete Seeger sang to establish the rights of working class in society. We are following in his footsteps,’ said Fakir Alamgir.
Besides, Wrishiz awarded West Bengal-based Indian folk singer Suvendu Maity with ‘Pete Seeger Sammanana Padak’.
Following which, artistes entertained the audience presenting songs and recitation.
Artistes of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Banishikha, Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi, Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi and others performed chorus songs.
In solos, Suvendu Maity rendered Swadhinata amar jonmogoto adhikar while Fakir Alamgir sang Tar naam Jhon Henry and Amar komored bandhu.
Renowned recitation artistes Rafiqul Islam, Iqbal Khorshed, Laila Afroz and Jhorna Sarkar recited poems.
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