Late eminent singers, composers and cultural activists Altaf Mahmud and Sheikh Luthfur Rahman were recalled through a commemorative programme held at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library on Monday.
Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samannoy Parishad organised the programme to pay tribute to the late iconic musicians and promote their works among the younger generation.
The programme featured a discussion and cultural show.
BGSP president Fakir Alamgir presided over the discussion. Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, thespian Shimul Yousuf and BGSP general secretary Manjar Chowdhury were present at the event.
The speakers discussed about the life and works of the two iconic musicians and their contributions to Bangla songs.
‘Both Altaf Mahmud and Sheikh Luthfur Rahman made significant contribution to Bangla music. Their songs, which celebrate humanity, infused the feeling of patriotism among the masses during the tumultuous days of the
liberation war,’ said Ghulam Quddus.
‘The contribution of Altaf Mahmud and Sheikh Luthfur Rahman to Bangla music cannot be measured in words. The younger generation should follow into their footsteps,’ said Fakir Alamgir.
After the discussion, Shimul Yousuf rendered songs penned and composed by Altaf Mahmud and Sheikh Luthfur Rahman like Ghumer deshe ghum bhanagte, Ami manuser bhai Spartacus, Rokte amar abar proloy dola, Jonotar sangram cholbei, Biploberi roktey ranagno.
Wrishiz Shilpigosthi artistes entertained the audience singing Sheikh Luthfur Rahman’s songs Biplober jhanda orey akashey and Himaloy theke sundarban.
Banhisikha artistes rendered Altaf Mahmud’s popular songs Amar bhai-er roktey rangano and Amra purbe pashchime.
Kranti artistes rendered Sheikh Luthfur Rahman’s songs Milito pran-er kolorobey and and Lanchhito nipirito.
Artistes of Satyen Sen Shilpigosthi rendered Sheikh Luthfur Rahman’s Phul khulbar din noy and Jonotar sangram cholbei.
Besides, artistes of Anandan and Shomoshor also performed at the programme.
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