Bulbul composes song for Rohingya

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 19:55, Dec 08,2016

Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul

Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul

Eminent composer-lyricist Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul has composed a song highlighting the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, adding to the growing voice against the torture and persecution facing the ethnic community.   

In an interview with New Age, the musician talked about the song titled ‘Rohingya,’ among other issues.

Written by Mahbubul Khaled, the song draws attention to the sufferings of the Rohingyas and makes an impassioned appeal to stop violence carried out by the Burmese army.

‘The Rohingya genocide has touched my heart and, as an artiste, I felt it was my responsibility to do something about it,’ said Bulbul, who had also lent voice to the song along with singers Dinat Jahan Munni, Shukla, Rita, Krishna and Smaran.

A video based on the song will be released via YouTube shortly. Besides, an English version has also been recorded by Elita Karim, and will be released via YouTube.

In the interview, Bulbul also talked about copyright violations with regard to some of his songs in Kolkata.

One of the songs, Antor Jole Re Jole, was written and composed by Bulbul and released in 2001 as part of Kumar Bishwajit’s album Ma Janani. It was then reproduced by Indian-Bengali singer Indranil Sen for his album Bhalobasar Chhuti, which, however, did not mention Bulbul in the credits.

Besides, Bulbul said he had recently discovered that three of his songs – used in the hit 1984 film Noyoner Alo, directed by Belal Ahmed – were featured in an Indian remake without mentioning him in the credits.

The critically acclaimed songs – Amar Shara Deho, Amar Buker Moddhekhane and Ami Tomar Duti Chokher Duti Taara – were both written and composed by Bulbul.

Bulbul said the remake, directed by Swapan Saha and released in Kolkata in 1998, credited Ashok Bhodro for the songs’ composition, and Subhash Bhodro and Samar Ghosh as lyricists.

‘I was greatly saddened by this discovery. I am a musician and I don’t want to be involved in any confrontation. But I would very much appreciate some recognition for what I did,’ he said.

Asked if he is considering any legal action, Bulbul said legal action will not be of any help at this stage. ‘What has been done is done and I don’t think there will be any solution if I file a case.’

‘But I believe my songs lie in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh and no one can change that.’

Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul is credited with creating a number of super hit songs in his long and eventful career.

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