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Bauls sing for Bangabandhu

  • Published at 01:41 pm August 24th, 2019
Bauls at Bauler  Konthhe Bangabandhu
Bauls performing songs at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday | Courtesy

Shilpakala is organizing several programs throughout August to remember Bangabandhu

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organized a musical event on Friday titled Bauler  Konthhe Bangabandhu, which translates to "Bangabandhu praised by Baul voices". The event took place  the field within the academy’s premises, and featured baul singers and mystics, singing songs of Fakir Lalon to remember Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

The event started at 5 pm and  featured 10 songs, written for the martyrs of August 15, and 10 other songs composed by Lalon, to preach his philosophy. These songs were performed by Baul Shafi Mondol, Tun Tun Fakir, Abdul Latif Shah, Samir Baul, Diti Sarkar and Shilpakala Academy baul group.

According to a press release from Shilpakala, Director-General of the Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky, announced that the event was dedicated to "the most supreme leader of all time and father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman." The Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, popular columnist and researcher Monaem Sarkar, notable journalist, columnist and researcher Syed Abul Maksud, and Secretary of Shilpakala Academy Badrul Anam Bhuiya were also present at the event.

According to the same press release ,these kinds of musical events are regularly held on full-moon evenings, and  Friday's event was the fifth edition. Shilpakala has been organizing a flurry of programs to remember Bangabandhu throughout August. This event was part of that initiative.

On August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were brutally murdered. Ever since, the entire month of August has been observed as a month of mourning. 

On the other hand Shilpakala has also been organizing regular events to celebrate and preach the teachings of Fakir Lalon and his philosophy, with the aim to spread them across the entire world.

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