Sufia Kamal remembered at Chhayanaut

Sufia Kamal remembered at Chhayanaut

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Cultural Correspondent

Chhayanaut paid a musical tribute to its founding president Begum Sufia Kamal on November 20 at its Central Auditorium. The event was held on the occasion of the 17th death anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal. Songs by Dwijendralal Roy, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen were rendered in a descending order. Roy’s “Dhone Dhane Pushpe Bhora” opened the evening with echoes of choral rendition. Then “Aaji Notun Rotone” and the closely followed “Ekbar Galbhora Maa Dake” laid the grounds for the coming notes to honour Sufia Kamal in a befitting manner. Performers included both male and female singers as the musical evening was aptly blended with diversified vocal harmony. “Koto Gaan To Holo Gawa” in the middle by Iffat Ara Dewan attempted to draw resolution for the event but it continued for at least twice as much onwards. For more serious tones were to be brought forth with the likes of “Ogo Nithur Dorodi”, “Jodi Paar Hote Tore” and finally “Modhur She Mukh Khani” in the tunes of Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta. Jannat-E-Ferdousi, Khairul Anam Shakil, Iffat Ara Dewan were among the chief performers of the event. Earlier, cultural personality Mofidul Haq delivered key note speech of Sufia Kamal.

Apart from her literary pursuits, Poet Sufia Kamal fought for women’s emancipation, humanity’s emancipation and restoration of democracy. She was also active in the Language Movement of 1952.

She was also involved in the movement to protest the embargo on Tagore imposed by then government in the late ’60s. She was also involved in the mass-upsurge of 1969 and the non- cooperation movement of March 1971. She also renounced the” Tamgha-I-Imtiaz” award given to her by the Pakistan government.

She played a crucial role in the emancipation of women in post-liberation Bangladesh. She was uncompromising about communalism and fundamentalism. The poet died on November 20, 1999. She was the first Bengali woman to be buried with state honors.

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