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Azad Rahman’s songs presented

Cultural Correspondent

Leena Taposhi Khan speaks at the programme. — Snigdha ZamanLeena Taposhi Khan speaks at the programme. — Snigdha Zaman

Azad Rahman’s songs were presented on Tuesday at the Sel Centre, at Panthapath in the capital, at a programme organised by Centre for Education, Creative and Performing Arts.
Classical singers from across the country rendered a collection of classical raga-based Bangla kheyals and ghazals, written and composed by the eminent musician Azad Rahman. 
Classical singer Padmini Roy, also an assistant professor at the department of theatre and music of Rajshahi University, rendered Bangla Ghazal ‘Morte hobe eka’ depicting the self-realisation of a truth seeker, presented in a light classical format. 
Padmini Roy’s presentation of ‘Bhalobasha bandhey basha antare’, based on raga bhoirabi, got audience acclaims. The audience also enjoyed Chittagong based singer Sarnamay Chakraborty’s rendition of the mystic song ‘Kishero lagi eshecho bhubone’ in raag behag.
Leo Je Baroi rendered ‘Karo manab hawar sadhana’ based on raga emon, while Chandana Devi Hajang rendered a song on raga Sadsaran.
Earlier, a keynote paper titled ‘Azad Rahman-er Bangla Kheyal er Prachar O Prashare Anneshan’, by Ashit Roy, a teacher of department of theatre and music of Rajshahi University, was presented. Mentioning Azad Rahman as a creator of Bangla Ghazal, the paper highlights the immense contributions of the veteran musician in creating and popularising Bangla classical music.
Ustad Yasin Khan, Dr Leena Taposhi Khan, Ardhendu Pashad Benarjee, Lee Je Baroi and Swarnomoy Chakrabarty spoke at the lively session. Eminent singer Selina Azad, also wife of Azad Rahman, presided over the session.
Azad Rahman is credited with two volumes on Bangla Kheyal, published by Bangla Academy. He is also credited with music direction in over four hundred movies including ‘Uttar Phalguni’, ‘Epar Upar’, ‘Bhalobashar Mulla Kato’, ‘Chandabaaj’, ‘Dumurer Phul’ and ‘Gapan Kotha’. He also won the National Film Award.
A former director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Azad Rahman also started institutes to educate and popularise Bangla classical music.




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