News Desk: Cultural activists paid tribute to the late Ekushey Padak-winning people’s song singer Fakir Alamgir at a programme held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samanay Parishad organised the programme marking the first anniversary of the death of Fakir Alamgir.
The event featured discussion and a cultural show.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest at the programme, which was presided over by Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samanay Parishad acting president Mizanur Rahman.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, SSJ acting general secretary Ahkam Ullah, Wrishiz Shilpigoshthi president and Fakir Alamgir’s widow Suraiya Alamgir, Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samanay Parishad general secretary Manzarul Islam Chowdhury and others shared their memories of Fakir Alamgir at the event.
KM Khalid said, ‘I was deeply saddened by his death. A people’s song singer like him is not born every day. He was not only a great singer but also a devoted cultural activist and organiser. I will recommend his name to the Independence Award committee.’
Ghulam Quddus said, ‘Fakir Alamgir was a brave person who always protested against injustice. He always participated in different political and cultural movements. He took people’s song to new heights.’
Manzarul Islam Chowdhury said, ‘I consider myself fortunate because I have had the opportunity of working with him. He was able to reach out to people from all walks of life. I travelled with him to different places of the country to participate in cultural activities and protests.’
Suraiya Alamgir said, ‘I am thankful to Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samanay Parishad for organising this programme to commemorate the life and work of Fakir Alamgir. I have spent 45 years with Fakir Alamgir. He always stood up for people’s rights. He will live on through his work.’
Ahkam Ullah said, ‘The Covid-19 crisis has drastically impacted the country’s cultural sector. Many eminent cultural activists, including Fakir Alamgir, died of Covid-19. Fakir Alamgir deserved Independence Award, which is the country’s highest civilian award. I hope that he would be honoured with the award posthumously.’
Besides, different cultural organisations and artistes paid tribute to Fakir Alamgir singing diverse genre songs.
Among others, artistes of Wrishiz Shilpigoshthi sang Manusher Majey Basabas Kari and Mujib Amar Swapna Sahas, Kranti Shilpigoshti sang Jago Janagan, Satyen Sen Shilpigoshti sang Tomaro Pataka and Bhinyadhara sang Ajadi Hoyni Tor.
Fakir Alamgir was born on February 21, 1950. He started his music career in 1966 and became a household name rendering diverse genre songs, including people’s songs, patriotic songs and others.
He joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra as an artiste and inspired freedom fighters rendering patriotic songs during the Liberation War in 1971.
He founded Wrishiz Shilpigoshthi in 1976.
He won the hearts of music lovers singing songs, namely Bhoy Ki Marane, Mujib Amar Swapna Sahash, Kalo Kalo Manusher Deshe, O Sakhina and Mon Amar Deho Ghari, among others.
He also wrote books, including Muktijuddher Smriti Bijayer Gaan, Gana Sangeeter Atit o Bartaman, Amar Katha, Jara Achhen Hriday Pate and Smriti Alapane Muktijuddha.
He received Ekushey Padak in 1999.