Vol. 4 Num 293 Wed. March 24, 2004  

Kranti celebrates its 38th anniversary
Honours Ajit Roy with the Kranti Padak 2004

Let cultural activities be the tool for changing the society, (Sangskriti Hok Shamaj Bodoler Hatiar). With this slogan, Kranti, meaning time in Bangla, reaches its 38 years of timeless journey. To enrich the local culture and to help uproot hooliganism from our society Kranti was established in 1967 by barrister Hasan Parvez and journalist Kamal Lohani.

This was done by inculcating patriotism and civic sense in people through cultural activities. Having grown in the turbulent times of struggle and movement against the tyranny and oppression of the rulers and been involved in those movements, Kranti has made a niche for itself as a cultural organisation.

The group mainly promotes Gono Sangeet (people's song) as well as dance, drama and recitation to spread cultural awareness. To mark their 38th anniversary they awarded the Kranti Padak 2004 to the eminent musician and cultural activist Ajit Roy. The organisation had also arranged a cultural soiree and discussion programme at the Shaheed Minar premises on March 22.

Under the motto --Esho Mukto Koro Andhokarer Ei Daar, the programme started with the national anthem. After that Ajit Roy, along with other cultural personalities, laid a wreath at the Shaheed Minar. Eminent journalist and the founder general secretary of Kranti, Kamal Lohani handed over the honorary Kranti Padak 2004 to Ajit Roy. The composer of the first poem on Ekushey , poet Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury welcomed the singer with an uttariyo (scarf).

Renowned singer Niloufer Banu Lily presented the keynote address on Ajit Roy's life. Ajit Roy, the composer of famous tunes like Ekti Bangladesh Tumi Jagroto Janotar, Shukh Tumi Ki Boro Jante Ichhe Kore, Apomane Tumi Jole Uthechille Shedin Bornomala and others; learned songs from his mother Konika Roy way back in the early '50s. He made an appearance as a singer in 1963 and came into the limelight as the most talented singer and musician of the '60s and '70s.

He played an active role in the Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, for the awakening of the people during the Liberation War. He received the highest government award Shwadinota Padak as well as other prestigious awards. He established his own music academy Abbhudoy and also networked with other music organisations of the country. A unique feature of his music was setting tunes to many popular poems of famous poets of Bengal.

The discussions were presided over by the President of Kranti, Syed Moajjem Hossain, while the cultural personalities like Ashraful Alam, Nasiruddin Yousuff, Golam Kuddus, Mahmud Selim and Mahbubul Haider Mohon praised Ajit Roy's works as well as congratulated Kranti for its tireless efforts in building pride in one's culture.

Kamal Lohani, then made a congratulation speech. At the end of the discussions Ajit Roy thanked the organisers and the public, without whose support his remarkable voyage would not have been possible. 'Generally people are highly praised posthumously. But I am among the few to achieve public recognition during my life time', said the singer, who added, 'I will keep singing for people till my death.'

After the discussion, artistes from Udichi, Kranti and Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra performed choirs dedicated to Ajit Roy. Bulbul Mahalanabish from Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra marked the beginning with the song Ore Majhi De Nouka Chhere De. Shwarokalpon with their composition Rajakarer Namta, directed by Mustafiz Reepon, presented a group recitation. A young poet, Wasim Haq, recited his own composition, while Rezina Wali recited one of Mohammed Monirizzaman's poems. Udichi and Kranti presented a good number of people's song like Amari Desh Shob Manusher, Shanito Manush Dao, Hooshiaar, Tai Monche Dariye Ami, Shonar Bangla Puira and others. The last attraction was the drama by Podatik Natya Shangshad called Chor, directed and written by Kazi Rafique. The story is a satire on our current socio-economic and political scenario.

Ajit Roy(2nd R) receiving the award from Kamal Lohani and Mahbubul Alam Chawdhury