I sing in Bangla….



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Associate Editor, Barta24.com
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The Marathi girl from Maharashtra on the west coast of India has captivated the world, not just South Asia, but the enchanting magic of Kinnar's voice. Lata and her sister Asha's song waves are also admired in the homes of Bengal far away from their birthplace. Music empress Lata Mungeshkar is an example of a musician who has become popular by singing in Bengali without being a Bengali. Being not Bengali music emperor Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur, Kabita Krishnamurti, Alka Yagnik, Sadhna Sargam and many other artists became famous by singing Bengali songs. However, in the subcontinent, there were only two equivalents, the Lata of India and the Nurjahan of Pakistan.

No other non-Bengali artist like Lata Mangeshkar has come so close to Bengali. It started in 1948. Bengali director Shashadhar Mukherjee made his mark in Bombay at that time. He was directing movies and also taking the responsibility of production. He has set up a famous studio called 'Filmistan' in Gurgaon. Famous writers Sadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Ashok Kumar - who was not there!

At such a time, famous music director Golam Haider appeared before Shashadhar babu. He brought with him a young girl of 19 years, who was born in a Marathi family in Indore of Madhya Pradesh. The girl has already sung in several Marathi and Hindi movies. Fascinated, Golam Haider brought the girl with him to Shashadhar Mukherjee.

But their mood was not fulfilled that day. Shashadhar babu did not agree to take the girl at all. He said, 'The singer's throat is very thin. As a result, she will not be able to work. On hearing this, Golam Haider became very angry. He took it as a challenge that day. He knew this girl had come to win everyone's heart. One day, the directors will be standing outside her house. One day the world will be her. Golam Haider was a pure jeweler; he did not make a mistake in recognizing diamonds. The name of that nineteen year old girl of that day is Lata Mungeshkar.

Then in 1948 the movie 'Majboor' was made. Lata's 'thin throat' sang 'Dil mera tora, mujhe kahi ka na chora'. Then history witnessed the rise of a legend. Lata Mungeshkar herself became an ongoing history, who, not with a pen or a fight, but with her own throat, with a melody, became the creator of creation, immersing everyone in the nectar of melody.

Lata was a true devotee. She herself said that in order to understand her life, one has to understand and listen to her pursuit. Mete was with music all his life. She has spent a lifetime in the melody of music. Ninety years later, she was still a young analog of melody.

Although she was initially turned away by a Bengali director after stepping into the world of music, Lata sang Bangla songs openly. Lata had a lasting relationship with Bengal. She made a bridge of music between Bombay and Bengal.

There is a lot of controversy about when Lata first sang in a Bengali movie. However, it is believed that she entered the world of Bengali music in 1956 with the film 'Asampta', in which she sang two songs. Then Lata sang a timeless Bengali song one after another. Sometimes Salil Chowdhury, Sachin Dev Barman, Hemant Mukherjee, sometimes Rahul Dev Barman, Bappi Lahiri have mesmerized the music world of Bengal.

Lata was not a Bengali by birth and did not understand Bengali. But she fell in love with the language. If you want to sing in a language, even if you don't know that language, you have to be able to feel that language. Otherwise the song itself cannot be touched. Therefore, Lata Mungeshkar kept a teacher at home just to learn Bengali. Basu Bhattacharya became the teacher. She tried her best to read and write, not in a benevolent way. Lata was an aquatic proof of how bold an artist can be to take such a bold step.

Lata saw in the middle of her career the triumph of Bengali language, culture and Bengali director-composers in the art, literature, music and film of the subcontinent. In her personal life, Lata Mangeshkar also became involved with a Bengali family. That is how she got acquainted with the proverbial artist Hemant Mukherjee. Once upon a time there was a good relationship between the two families.

Exactly how close Hemantada was to Lata is known from several incidents. For example, in 1951, director Hemen Gupta summoned Hemanta to Bombay. He wants to be in charge of the melody of the next movie 'Anandamath'. After completing his work in Bengal, Hemanta left for Bombay. He appeared at Filmistan Studios. Shashadhar Mukherjee gave him the job of music director. He will sing the song 'Bande Mataram' with Lata Mangeshkar. As soon as he told Shashadhar babu, he said, Lata may not come. Did she remember the old words?

Meanwhile, Hemanta has decided not to sing this song to anyone except Lata. So once he tried, he wanted to. Shashadhar Mukherjee agreed somehow. After going to Lata Mungeshkar, he said only one thing. ‘I decided not to sing there, but only for you’. And money? Lata said, no, I don't want money. She just wants to work with Hemanta Mukherjee. She even went straight to Hemanta's house to rehearse, which was against Lata's nature. Such was the depth of respect and human touch towards the relationship.

Lata's relationship with Bengal and Bengalis did not stop there. Hemanta Mukherjee's wife was then pregnant. Lata Mungeshkar was her best friend. At this time Bengali Hindus have a tradition of feeding 'sadh'. Lata did that with responsibility. She took her to the hotel and fed her.

No one will forget that autumn evening at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. Fifty years of Hemanta Mukherjee's musical life. A special function was organized to mark the occasion. Hemanta called Lata hesitantly. If you can come. From the side of the phone, the queen of melody became excited by herself. Fifty years of his song 'Hemantada', and she will not come, what happens! Three days before the ceremony, Lata became very ill. Maybe not. But that is what Hemanta Mukherjee is talking about. Lata could not, but came.

The song has taken her to the ends of the earth. Even though she passed away in her eternal sleep, she has left the story resounding with thousands of songs, which reminds us of an extraordinary artist who loved Bengali, sang in Bengali, with her heart.

I never appeared BCS exam, the whole thing is fake: Tahsan



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I never appeared BCS exam, the whole thing is fake: Tahsan

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The Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) question paper leak has sparked a storm of criticism across the country. In the meantime, music-actor Tahsan Rahman Khan and his mother's name suddenly came into discussion. This artist has been criticized by netizens on social media. They are making abusive comments about this popular singer without verifying it.

Tahsan's mother is the former PSC chairman. It is also claimed that Tahsan stood first in BCS(foreign service cadre) by abusing the power of his mother Zinatun Nesa. Finally, Tahsan opened up about the matter.

Recently, Tahsan told the media that the matter of appearing in the BCS is completely fake. In Tahsan's words, 'I have never appeared on the BCS exam. Being first in the foreign service cadre in the 24th BCS is out of the question.

When asked about the inclusion of his mother's name, the star said, "There is a mistake here. This driver is just like any other driver in the office. He is not my mother's driver.'

Meanwhile, rumor scanners on social media reported that Tahsan's omission from the 24th BCS Viva was not true. It has been said there that the preliminary examination of the 24th BCS was held on February 28, 2003. However, the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) canceled the examination on March 3 due to the allegations of question leakage. Later, the 24th BCS preliminary exam was again held and the recruitment process was completed through written exam and viva- voce.

Incidentally, three officials of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) and 17 officials including former driver Syed Abed Ali are involved in the BCS question leak. They have already been arrested. In the main discussion among them is Syed Abed Ali, the driver. Tahsan's name came indirectly from the source of Abed Ali on social media.

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Udichi seminar held on allocation of 1 percent of the national budget for cultural sector



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Bangladesh Shilpi Goshti organized a seminar demanding to allocate at least one percent of the national budget in the cultural sector. On Friday (May 31) at 3 pm, organized by Udichi a seminar titled 'National Budget: Relevance of One Percent Allocation in Cultural Sector' was held in the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

In the key-note paper, Amit Ranjan Dey said, 'If the cultural consciousness is weak in the national life, alien culture will spread. The human form of culture gradually recedes and becomes a means of entertainment for only a handful of influential individuals or groups. Communal discrimination is gradually degrading human and cultural values, negative trends in society and state are emerging.

He also said, 'On the one hand, looting trade, money laundering in the name of development; On the other hand, the inherent consumerism of capitalist economy, sexism, communal terrorism, violence of fundamentalist groups have upset public life. Cultural awakening against this is the need of the hour. New painting, music, drama, poetry will be based on it. However, it is important to create a social, cultural, political and economic environment for that. In that case state patronage and goodwill is also an important accessory. In order to create an economic environment, there has been a demand for allocating at least 1 part of the national budget to the cultural sector for the past few years. But it did not rise above 0.09 to 0.16 percent.

The general secretary of Udichi also said, "A part of the allocation for the budget of the Ministry of Culture is used for cultural performances through Shilpakala Academy." Among which Genocide Environment Theater, Puppet Theater Festival, Bangladesh Cultural Festival, Instrumental Music Festival, production of plays about Bangabandhu are worth mentioning. But, it has been seen that almost all the programs have been held inside the auditorium of Shilpa Kala Academy where there is hardly any movement of common people. Ordinary people, especially working people, stand at the doors of Shilpakala Academy and try to understand what is happening inside. They don't have the courage to go inside and see. But Article 23 of the Constitution clearly mentions that people of all levels can contribute to the prosperity of the national culture and have the opportunity to participate.

It is culture and cultural activists who create awareness among the masses in the multidimensional crisis of the state. Motivation to turn around. Our mass struggles, including the language movement of the 1970s and the liberation war of the 1970s bear witness to it. These cultural workers have been making a logical demand to allocate at least one percent of the national budget to the cultural sector for a long time. Their demand is repeatedly ignored, which is nothing but the limitations of our budget thinking and philosophy.-It is also mentioned in the article.

Other speakers at the seminar said that the size of the national budget is increasing every year, but the structure and infrastructure of culture is not increasing. The budget is not being prepared in accordance with the dream of building a secular, democratic and socialist-oriented modern state, which is the basic spirit of the Great War of Liberation. What is being allocated remains limited to infrastructure construction. There is rampant looting and costs are increasing due to not completing the work on time.

They also said that the cultural workers were in the front line in the anti-tyranny Ershad movement. But, after the establishment of democracy, politicians moved to air-conditioned rooms and cultural workers remained on the streets. They question whether those who do culture budgets understand culture. He said that the state should pay the price for tolerating religious fundamentalism. Speakers demanded allocation of budget for culture sector in two city corporations of Dhaka.

President of Udichi Central Sangsad Professor Badiur Rahman attended the seminar, Mamunur Rashid, Mofidul Haque, Mr. Hamid, MM Akash, Fauzia Muslim, Manzare Hasin Murad, Asif Munir Tanmoy, Azad Abul Kalam, Ahkamullah, Mizanur Rahman, Rahul Raha, Rezaul Karim Siddique Rana, Dr. Lelin Chowdhury, Manzarul Islam Chowdhury Sweet, Zakir Hossain, Narayan Chandra Sheel, Pranay Saha, Abdus Salim, Dr. Azizur Rahman, Raghu Abhijit Roy and other prominent culture people and organizers. Amit Ranjan Dey, General Secretary of Udichi Central Sangsad, wrote and presented the keynote at the seminar. The seminar was conducted by Mahmud Salim, Vice President of Udichi Central Sangsad. 

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April 23 is declared as Black Day of Filmdom



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Entertainment journalists including the Television Camera Journalists Association staged a human chain and protest rally on Wednesday (April 24) to protest the organized attack on journalists at BFDC. At that time, they declared April 23 as the film's black day.

Meanwhile, in the night, in the decision of the inquiry committee formed by the journalists and artistes' association, the artists' association accepted four of the five-point demands of the journalists. However, Joy Chowdhury refused to accept the demand of expulsion from the association for two years and was banned for one month and asked to express his regret in front of everyone. But when Joy Chowdhury tried to divert the incident without expressing his grief, the journalists got angry.

A protest rally held at the gate of FDC on Wednesday afternoon demanded the immediate arrest of those involved in the incident. Journalist leaders said that the attack on FDC led by actor Joy Chowdhury, actor Shiva Shanu and villain Alexander Bo was a pre-planned and attempted murder.

After the human chain, the journalists submitted a memorandum to the Managing Director of FDC and demanded a fair investigation of the incident.

Aggrieved by this incident, the journalists declared Joy Chowdhury banned from FDC for life and declared April 23 as Film Black Day.

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Shilpi Samiti President Misha Saudagar, Secretary Dipjal



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Actor Misha Saudagar has won the president post of Bangladesh Film Artists Association this year (2024-26). Actor Monowar Hossain Dipjal has won the post of general secretary.

Misha Saudagar got 265 votes for the post of president, his rival Mahmud Koli got 170 votes. On the other hand, Dipjol got 225 votes for the post of general secretary, his rival Nipun Akhter got 209 votes.

Apart from Misha-Dipjol, Masum Parvez Rubel won the post of vice-president by getting 234 votes and DA Taib got 231 votes. Arman won the post of joint general secretary, Joy Chowdhury as organizing secretary, Alexander Bo as international affairs secretary, Jackie Alamgir as office and publicity secretary, Mamnoon Imon of Koli Nipun panel as culture and sports secretary and Kamal as treasurer.

Besides, 11 members of the Executive Council were elected – Sucharita, Rozina, Aliraj, Subrata, Dilara Yasmin, Shahnoor, Nana Shah, Ratna Kabir, Chunnu and Poli and Soni Rahman of the Kali-Nipun panel.

Voting begins at 9:30 am on Friday (April 19). Lasts till 5:30 pm. 475 artists voted in a festive atmosphere.

There were 570 total voters in this election. 48 candidates from two panels, including six independents, contested in this election to form a 21-member committee. In an alliance between the two rival panels were the two actors Misha and Dipjol from current Dhakai prominent film actors. From another panel, Golden past days hero Mahmood Koli and heroine Nipun Akhter fought.

In this election, Chief Election Commissioner was Khorshed Alam Khosru and members were AJ Rana and BH Nishan. Election results were declared at 7 am on Saturday.

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