Cultural activists in Barisal have urged the authorities to establish a language museum commemorating Abdul Latif, the initial composer of the iconic language movement song Amar bhaier roktey rangano ekushey February.
Abdul Latif composed the song Amar bhaier rokte rangano, written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, in 1953. The song was later re-composed by Altaf Mahmud. Besides, he also wrote songs like Ora amar mukher kotha, Ami dam diye kinechi Bangla and Shona shona shona lokey boley shona.
However, the majority of the villagers of Raipasha village do not know much about Abdul Latif’s contribution.
Abdul Latif Smriti Sangsad organised a commemorative programme on Abdul Latif at Raipasha village on Monday.
The discussants at the programme said that establishing a language museum at the birth place of Abdul Latif at Raipasha under Raipasha-Karapur union of Barisal is essential for keeping the memories of the eminent musician alive.
Following the programme, Nurul Amin Chowdhury, president of Abdul Latif Smriti Sangsad, said a large audience attended the event.
Kamaluddin, secretary of the organisation, said they will organise a fair at Abdul Latif’s ancestral home in future.
Abdul Latif was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1979 and Independence Day Award in 2002.
He passed away on February 26, 2005 and was laid to eternal rest at martyred intellectual’s graveyard.