‘Songs should portray people’s sufferings’

Gazi Mazharul Anwar tells New Age

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 22:08, Mar 25,2020


Gazi Mazharul Anwar

Renowned director-producer-lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar said that songs should portray the sufferings of the marginalised people of society, remind the masses about the country’s history and contain messages which people can relate to.

Gazi Mazharul Anwar, who received Ekushey Padak in 2002, has conquered hearts of thousands with his timeless patriotic songs. Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy penned by Gazi Mazharul Anwar and composed by Anwar Parvez, which was aired on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, had inspired countless to join the fight against the Pakistani occupation forces during the 1971 liberation war.

Ek nodi rokto periye, Swajan harano diner smarane, Ektara tui desher katha, Ekbar jete dena, Amay jodi proshno koro and others were penned by Anwar right after the country gained its independence.

When asked about the role of music in inspiring the masses, Gazi Mazharul Islam replied, ‘Songs can play a role in instilling a patriotic spirit into the younger generation. Patriotic songs broadcast on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the liberation war inspired the masses and gave them the strength to fight against the Pakistani occupation forces. The songs penned during the war portray emotion, empathy, sufferings of the people at the hands of Pakistani occupation forces and urges the masses to fight for their rights. Many youths went to fight in the war after hearing the songs.’

‘Nowadays songs rarely appeal to the people due to low quality lyrics and tunes. I am not talking only about the patriotic songs but also the modern and rock songs produced in contemporary times. Young generation should make an effort to know more about the country’s history. They have to read a lot for enriching themselves so that they can produce songs which can transcend time,’ he added.

Gazi Mazharul Anwar also pointed out, ‘Music should be universal and free from political bias. There are a few contemporary songs that portray loyalty to a certain political quarter. It should not happen. If people write songs for the satisfaction of political leaders, those will not be lasting in a long run. People like to listen to songs that they can relate to.’

When asked about the way out from this situation, he replied, ‘Quality songs do not contain vulgar words and people can listen to them along with their family members. The younger generation should study Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. They should try to grasp how Tagore and Nazrul expressed emotions through words and tunes. Besides, songs should be message-oriented. It is a matter of great grief that younger generation singers often release songs nowadays which make no sense.’

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