The two-day Satyen Sen Ganasangeet Festival at the Mukta Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy concluded yesterday.
In memory of its founding president Satyen Sen, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi arranged the festival.
With President of Udichi Kamal Lohani in the chair, an award giving ceremony was held on its closing day.
Eminent journalist Shuvo Rahman and Mahmud Selim, Udichi vice-president, spoke at the event, among others.
Earlier, noted folk singer Gourango Dutt inaugurated the festival at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Friday.
Eminent rhymester Akter Hussain, journalist Shuvo Rahaman and Amena Akter, an assistant of late Satyen Sen, were present, among others, on the occasion.
In the wake of the opening ceremony, Dhrubo Tara Sangeet Academy of Moulvibazar delighted the audience by performing at the festival.
Bulbul Moholanabish, a singer of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, and Gana Sangeet artiste Sohana Ahmed also held the audience spellbound at the event.
Renowned Indian singers Bipul Chakraborty and Anusree Chakraborty performed on the occasion.
Satyen Sen was born in Tangibari, Munshigonj. His father was Darinimohan Sen. He passed the entrance examination in 1924.
He went to Kolkata and got involved in leftist movement. Later on, he joined Jugantor (a political party). He then passed F.A. and B.A. exams.
He started studying history at Calcutta University. He was arrested for his association with Jugantor several times in 1949, 1954, 1958 and 1965.
He was influenced by Marxist ideology and his ideology is reflected through his literary work. Apart from his political activities and literary works, Sen also worked as an assistant editor of The Sangbad.
He was also the founder of Udichi (a cultural organization of Bangladesh). As a novelist he is known mostly for his historical novels.
He wrote twelve novels along with eight books on history and twenty books of other different categories. He started to write novels at a very late age.
In recognition of his contribution, Satyen Sen was honoured with the Bangla Academy Award in 1970, and the Ekushey Padak 1986.
Satyen Sen breathed his last on January 5, 1980.