Lyricist, composer and singer Abdul Gafur Hali was remembered at a commemorative oraganised marking his 1st death anniversary by Sufi Mizan Foundation at Chittagong Press Club auditorium on Sunday.
The programme featured discussion, book launching and cultural event.
Chittagong Premier University vice chancellor professor Anupam Sen addressed the discussion as the chief guest while journalist Abul Momen, Chittagong University teacher Rahman Nasir Uddin, playwright Pradip Dewanjee, among others took part in the discussion. The session was presided over Abdul Gafur Hali Academy’s vice chairman Sirajul Mostafa.
The discussed on Hali’s life and works and also addressed the sorry state of traditional music set against urbanisation and satellite culture.
Abdur Rahim, Kaberi Sengupta, Syedul Hoque, Shornomoy Chakrabarty, Kallayani Ghosh and Shaibal Chowdhury– who composed, sang Gafur Hali’s songs or made videos of his songs were honoured at the programme.
A book on Abdul Gafur Hali titled ‘Diwane Maizbhandari’ was also unveiled at the programme.
Local singers like Kallayani Ghosh, Abdur Rahim, Shimul Shil, Geeta Acharjee, Noyon Shil and Gafur’s granddaughter Ferdous Hali presented songs penned by Gafur.
Abdul Gafur Hali was born in 1923 at Patia upazila in Chittagong and composed over 2,500 traditional songs of different genres, including, murshidi, marfati and maizbhandari. He successfully used local dialects of Chittagong region in his songs and literary works. He also penned six folk plays, including, Gulbahar, Nilmoni and Ashek Bondhu.
Professor Hans Harder of Heidelberg University in Germany published a research book on Gafur Hali in 2004.
Abdul Gafur Hali passed away on December 21, 2016.