Six eminent personalities received Bashir Ahmed Award for their contributions in their respective fields on Sunday at a programme held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The event was organised by Sargam Sound Station in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking the 80th birth anniversary of late prominent playback singer Bashir Ahmed.
Eminent singer Ferdausi Rahman, National Film Award winning music director and composer Sheikh Sadi Khan, lyricist Shahidullah Farazi, NTV head of programme Mustafa Kamal Syed, journalist Nasir Ahmed and instrumentalist Chandan Dutta were honoured at the programme.
The award has been introduced by Humaira Bashir and Raja Bashir, children of Bashir Ahmed, this year.
The programme included a discussion, awards ceremony and music show.
Eminent singers and music composers Khurshid Alam, Gazi Mazharul Anwer and Syed Abdul Hadi were present as discussants at the programme, presided over by eminent music director Azad Rahaman.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky was present as special guest.
‘I want to thank Raja Bashir and Humaira Bashir for introducing the award named after their father. I hope the award will continue to be conferred in future,’ said Azad Rahaman.
‘Bashir Ahmed started his career as a playback singer in Pakistan film industry. He was a multitalented artiste. We composed and recorded many songs together,’ said Gazi Mazharul Anwer.
‘Bashir Ahmed continues to live on through his songs. He had made immense contribution to country’s music scene. He was skilled in Indian classical music. We spent a lot of time talking about music,’ said Abdul Hadi.
Following which, Bashir Ahmed Award was handed over to the awardees, who thanked the organisers and shared their memories of Bashir Ahmed at the programme.
‘I feel honoured to receive this award. I have bagged various awards in my lifetime but I consider this award as one of my greatest achievements,’ said Ferdausi Rahman, who received the award in life time achievement category.
‘I used to address Bashir Ahmed as ‘mama’. I met him during a music show at the radio office in Shahbagh,’ said Sheikh Sadi Khan.
‘He performed in many shows that were produced by me. He was a sincere person, who always put his work above all else,’ said Mostafa Kamal Syed.
‘We need more singers like Bashir Ahmed these days. The younger generation should follow in his footsteps,’ said Shahidullah Farazi.
‘I met him in 1980 during a TV show at BTV building. We used to talk about music a lot. I thank both Humaira Bashir and Raja Bashir for introducing an award in memory of their father,’ said Nasir Ahmed.
‘I first accompanied him on stage in 1983. He was a well behaved person. I had performed with him at different music shows at home and abroad. This award is very important to me,’ said Chandan Dutta.
The awards ceremony was followed by a music show where singers rendered popular songs recorded by Bashir Ahmed.
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