Re Think Bangladesh, an organization working for the rights of transgender people in Bangladesh, organized a solo music evening by transgender singer Jannat Jahan in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi last Friday. Jannat performed various songs including Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti and modern music. Among them, “Mayabono biharini horini,” “Bhenge Mor Ghorer Chabi,” “Tui Jodi Hoiti Golar Mala,” “Tore Banaiya Rai Binodini,” “Amra Moloy Batase Bhese Jabo” and “Shaono Rate Jodi” were some of her memorable performances.
Community Services Directorate and Re Think are working jointly with the aim of improving the life and development of trans groups in the capital, says a media statement. As part of this initiative, Re Think trained Jannat in musical orientation for six months.
Re Think’s Director Lulu Al Marjan thanked everyone for attending the function, adding: “We envision developing the cultural exposure of transgender community to improve their living standards. From that perspective, we organized the program and intend to arrange more such programs in future.”
Jannat’s father was a local Baul artist. She got her inspiration from her father but because of her gender issues she could not exert her dream of becoming a singer, said the statement.
In the beginning of her event, Jannat said: “Being a transgender, the only way for my income is to beg from door to door. However, I deny that and want to live a life of normal human being. I want to get established in life with music. I also request all other trans people to look for opportunities instead of relying on begging. Finally, I am really grateful to Re Think for giving me this platform.”
At the end of the event, Re Think handed over to Jannat Tk10,000, the total earning from the show’s ticket sale.