Music for countering violence against women

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 12:26am on December 06, 2018


Guests and organisers show solidarity to end violence against women and girls, above, and Joler Gaan performs at the programme, below. — Sony Ramany

Popular band Joler Gaan entertained music lovers of Dhaka at a concert addressing violence against women on Tuesday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The concert titled ‘Time to Speak Out and Take Stand to End Violence Against Women and Girls’ was organised by Population Services and Training Centre (PSTC) as part of its 16-day awareness activism titled ‘Hello I Am’ where 250 women and girls attended.
Renowned singer Fahmida Nabi, actor Ferdous and actress Sumaiya Shimu were present as guests at the concert and showed solidarity to end violence against women and girls.
Fahmida Nabi joined Joler Gaan on stage to commence the programme singing patriotic songs like O amar desher mati and Dhono dhanno pushpe bhora. The audience paid respect by standing while the songs were rendered.
Joler Gaan rendered songs like Emon jodi hoto ami pakhir moto, Bakul phul phul, Tomar ek hatey dibo tuktuke lal balloon and Tomar jonno akash bhora tara.
The troupe also rendered Shah Abdul Karim’s song Cholite choron chole na to the delight of the audience.
‘Violence against women is a major gender-based violation of human rights and is a form of discrimination against women. In 80 per cent households married women face violence which itself is an alarming figure,’ said Noor Mohammad, executive director of PSTC.
‘We have to work together for countering violence against women since women now are also contributing to the economy of the country,’ said Rahul, vocalist of the band.
As the programme neared its end Dr Sushmita Ahmed, team leader of Hello I Am, thanked all the guests and participants.
‘Joler Gaan is my favorite band and I enjoyed the show a lot. I want to thank the organisers for arranging the event,’ Sadia Sajan, an audience member, told New Age.