Nashid Kamal presents Nazrul songs at National Museum

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, May 18th, 2017


 

Prominent Nazrul singer Nashid Kamal presented diverse Nazrul songs at Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on May 5. Bangladesh National Museum organised the programme as part of its regular monthly musical soiree. The range of songs included Padmar Dheu Re, Soi Nodir Dhare, Sokhi Ami Nahoi, Bulbuli Nirob and Shukno Patar Nupur. The singer dedicated the evening to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s upcoming birthday.

 

Faizul Latif Chowdhury, director general of the museum, delivered welcome speech on the occasion.

 

Nashid Kamal is a vocalist, writer and professor of demography. She is the eldest granddaughter of Bengali folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed. She is widely regarded as a Nazrul exponent. For her contributions to Nazrul’s works, she has received awards including the Nazrul Award from the Nazrul Academy and Nazrul Padak.

 

Nashid started singing at a young age. On December 25, 1964, she appeared on Pakistan Television, East Pakistan Centre, which is now Bangladesh Television as a child singer on its inauguration day. Apart from studying, she started learning music from various notable gurus including Ustad P.C. Gomes, Ustad Akther Shadmani, Ustad Quader Zameeree and Pandit Jasraj. Besides learning music and singing, she became a debater and television presenter. Kamal was awarded with the Best Speaker prize in 1976, when she participated in the first ever TV Debate Competition in Bangladesh called Torko Jukti Torko.

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