A two-day folk festival marking the 104th birth anniversary of the late Shah Abdul Karim ended on Saturday in Sunamganj.
Renowned economist and Pally Karma Sahayak Foundation chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad inaugurated the festival as chief guest on Friday afternoon at Dhal Maath near the ancestral home of Abdul Karim at Dhalgram village under Derai upazila.
‘Abdul Karim was not only a folk singer and lyricist but also a poet of humanity. He urged all to work for ensuring peace in society,’ said Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.
Shah Abdul Karim Parishad, an organisation developed to promoting the songs and philosophy of Abdul Karim, and residents of the Dhalgram, where the bard was born on February 15 in 1916, jointly organised the folk-festival in association with Sanwara Group Drinks and Beverage Industry Limited.
Karim’s only son Shah Nur Jalal, also president of the SAKP, chaired the inaugural ceremony, which was followed by a music show.
Local folk singers paid tribute to Abdul Karim rendering his popular songs till Saturday morning.
The second day’s programme began on Saturday afternoon with a discussion meeting.
Deputy commissioner of Sunamganj Mohammad Abdul Ahad, district police superintendent Mizanur Rahman, industrialist Khalid Miah Olid and Jaintapur upazila chairman Kamal Ahmad, among others, attended the session.
Following which, folk singers performed songs at the venue till Sunday morning.
Artistes namely Ekushey Padak winning singer Sushama Das, Baul Ashik, Pagol Hasan, Laila, Ochinpuri and others performed at the festival on the concluding day.
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