Baul Samrat’s 11th death anniversary observed

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13 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Baul Samrat’s 11th death anniversary observed

The 11th death anniversary of Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim was observed on Saturday. Different cultural organisations held various programmes to mark the day.  

Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad streamed live a music show on its Facebook page on the evening. Baul Abdur Rahman, Lavlu Dev, Sumon Kumar Das, Bishwajit Roy and others rendered Shah Abdul Karim’s popular songs at the programme.

Shah Abdul Karim was a Baul musician in the country. He was born on February 15 in 1916 at Ujan Dhol village under the Derai upazila of Sunamganj district.

 He is very popular musician around the country, especially in the Bhati area.

Growing up in poverty and facing hardship, he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from a very early age.

Ektara, a traditional single string musical instrument, had always been his constant companion. However, poverty forced him to seek work in agricultural farms.

As he was growing up, he received training on spiritual and Baul music from Shah Ibrahim Mastan Baksh.

Shah Abdul Karim wrote and composed over 1,500 songs. These songs are organised in six books: ‘Aftab Sangeet’, ‘Gano Sangeet’, ‘Kalnir Dheu’, ‘Dholmela’, ‘Bhatir Chithi’ and ‘Kalnir Kooley’.

Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into English.

Baul legend Shah Abdul Karim has won the hearts of millions of Bangla music lovers with masterpieces like ‘Bonde Maya Lagaise’, ‘Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu’, ‘Gari Cholena Cholena’, ‘Ami Koolhara Kolonkini’, ‘Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataitam’, and many more.

He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. The famous artiste died in Sylhet on September 12 in 2009 due to respiratory problems.