An eight-day festival organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in honour of 27 late musicians ended on Thursday at the Music and Dance Centre of the academy.
The last day’s event was dedicated to the memories of musician-couple Kamol Dasgupta and Feroza Begum, and featured talks and performances.
Emeritus professor Rafiqul Islam delivered the keynote speech at the event while artist Mustafa Monwar presided over it. Afterwards, a group of artistes presented songs composed by Kamol Dasgupta and sung by Feroza Begum.
In the past seven days, tributes were paid to 25 individuals who had had a substantial impact on local music.
They were Mahesh Chandra Roy, AKM Abdul Aziz, Haralal Roy, Kachhim Uddin, Abbasuddin, Abdul Alim, Ustad Mamtaj Ali Khan, Abdur Rouf, Rajanikanta Sen, Atul Prasad Sen, Dwijendralal Roy, Ranesh Dasgupta, Abdul Latif, Altaf Mahmud, Mukunda Das, Ramesh Chandra Shil, Bijoy Sarkar, Sheikh Lutfar Rahman, Wahidul Haque, Kalim Sharafi, Ajit Roy, Shahidullah Kaisar, Ustad Alauddin Khan, Ustad Ayat Ali Khan, Pundit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
‘All these personalities are cultural icons who have immensely contributed to our arts and culture,’ said Mustafa Monwar. ‘We must not be unmindful of the legacy that they left behind and try honouring them in whatever way we can.’
Mustafa also praised the initiative of the academy, titled ‘Smrity Satta Bhabisyat,’ saying it comes at a time when people tend to forget easily.
‘Technologies have made things easier for us but efforts like this are a reminder that you can’t always depend on technologies, and every now and then there should be an initiative to remind people of their past,’ he added.
Rafiqul Islam, in his speech, also stressed the need for such commemorative shows on a regular basis.
The audience also praised the initiative. ‘It’s good to know so many people have contributed to creating the pedestal on which we stand today as a nation,’ said Shafiqul Saikat, who was present on the concluding day of the festival.
Another member of the audience, Minhaj Alam, suggested that Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy should take initiatives to honour eminent personalities from all fields of culture.
‘We organised the first edition of Smrity Satta Bhabisyat last year to commemorate eminent figures from theatre. This year we honoured individuals from the music sector,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of the academy.
‘In future, we hope to honour personalities from other sectors as well.’