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Devoted Nazrul singer Fatema Tuz Zohra

Musfequr Rahman

 
Fatema Tuz Zohra is not only a devoted Nazrul singer but also tries to discern the inner philosophy and messages conveyed by Kazi Nazrul Islam, the country’s national poet. 
She adores poet Nazrul and his unique songs convey non-communal sentiments which she believes let one to be enlightened. 
Talking to the correspondent, Zohra said, ‘Contemplating on Nazrul’s creative works compels one to be broader in thinking, keeps him/her closer to mother nature, begets courage to speak against social injustice and helps attain greater perfectionism in rendering Nazrul songs.’
Zohra’s attachment to music began from her childhood at Joypurhat, which was a sub-division under greater Bogra District, in a culturally rich family. Her father Dr. Syed Farid Uddin was a Tagore singer, who was the first to discern Zohra’s huge potentials for singing Nazrul songs. 
With her father’s encouragement, Zohra gradually developed her liking for Nazrul songs. ‘Neither my father, nor my mentors including Ustad Habibur Rahman, Nagen Ghosh and Rafiqul Alam, had ever told me to be a great singer, rather they taught me to render songs perfectly,’ says Zohra. 
She was critical of the present trends that prevail among amateur singers to become celebrity hastily by participating in so-called talent-hunt competitions.  Zohra, who worked as a judge in such competitions, said, ‘I never allow my children to participate in such competitions. I just tell them to prepare themselves to render songs keeping up with the standard.’
She  clinched prizes in various competitions including Provincial Music Competitions in the then East Pakistan at her early age.  Commenting on her success as a singer, Zohra said, ‘Submission to music, rigorous practices, deep meditation and in-depth study of music are the prime requirements to be a perfect singer.’
Because of her mellifluous-cum-evocative voice and deep attachment with music she has accrued numerous achievements on her way. Zohra was bestowed with Ekushey Padak—one of the country’s highest awards—in 2006. She clinched Press Club Award, Nazrul Academy Award, Theatre Sammanana, Sher-E-Bangla Smrity Padak, Swadhinata Forum Sammanana and many others in Bangladesh. 
And from abroad, Zohra also clinched numerous awards including Suddhya Mancha Award from London and British Colombia Honourable Award.  Besides such visible awards, Zohra appreciates intangible rewards including adore and constructive criticism both from audiences and critics.
Zohra has a penchant to write and so far she is credited with five published books. Her poetry book Jekhane Bhalor Bash, a compilation of column Kichu Niye Kichu Kotha, children’s rhyme books – Tal Bahari Chora and Chorai Gore Bol and others. Her first two satirical books explore societies, human relations and desires.
Zohra has maintained intimate relation with nature since childhood. Mentioning nature as the source of inspiration for creativity and a trustable resort, bold Zohra said ‘Before my marriage, i used to swim across the rivers alone’.      
Zohra has hosted a weekly musical programme on Nazrul song titled Nil Pairar Gaan on ETV for four month. ‘At the initial stage, it had duration of twenty-minutes but because of audience preferences it is now extended to one-hour’, said Zohra.
In this regard, Zohra said ‘Besides concerned institutional awareness, such type of friendly attitude of media is essential for enhancing popularity of Nazrul songs.’

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Musfequr Rahman

 
Fatema Tuz Zohra is not only a devoted Nazrul singer but also tries to discern the inner philosophy and messages conveyed by Kazi Nazrul Islam, the country’s national poet. 
She adores poet Nazrul and his unique songs convey non-communal sentiments which she believes let one to be enlightened. 
Talking to the correspondent, Zohra said, ‘Contemplating on Nazrul’s creative works compels one to be broader in thinking, keeps him/her closer to mother nature, begets courage to speak against social injustice and helps attain greater perfectionism in rendering Nazrul songs.’
Zohra’s attachment to music began from her childhood at Joypurhat, which was a sub-division under greater Bogra District, in a culturally rich family. Her father Dr. Syed Farid Uddin was a Tagore singer, who was the first to discern Zohra’s huge potentials for singing Nazrul songs. 
With her father’s encouragement, Zohra gradually developed her liking for Nazrul songs. ‘Neither my father, nor my mentors including Ustad Habibur Rahman, Nagen Ghosh and Rafiqul Alam, had ever told me to be a great singer, rather they taught me to render songs perfectly,’ says Zohra. 
She was critical of the present trends that prevail among amateur singers to become celebrity hastily by participating in so-called talent-hunt competitions.  Zohra, who worked as a judge in such competitions, said, ‘I never allow my children to participate in such competitions. I just tell them to prepare themselves to render songs keeping up with the standard.’
She  clinched prizes in various competitions including Provincial Music Competitions in the then East Pakistan at her early age.  Commenting on her success as a singer, Zohra said, ‘Submission to music, rigorous practices, deep meditation and in-depth study of music are the prime requirements to be a perfect singer.’
Because of her mellifluous-cum-evocative voice and deep attachment with music she has accrued numerous achievements on her way. Zohra was bestowed with Ekushey Padak—one of the country’s highest awards—in 2006. She clinched Press Club Award, Nazrul Academy Award, Theatre Sammanana, Sher-E-Bangla Smrity Padak, Swadhinata Forum Sammanana and many others in Bangladesh. 
And from abroad, Zohra also clinched numerous awards including Suddhya Mancha Award from London and British Colombia Honourable Award.  Besides such visible awards, Zohra appreciates intangible rewards including adore and constructive criticism both from audiences and critics.
Zohra has a penchant to write and so far she is credited with five published books. Her poetry book Jekhane Bhalor Bash, a compilation of column Kichu Niye Kichu Kotha, children’s rhyme books – Tal Bahari Chora and Chorai Gore Bol and others. Her first two satirical books explore societies, human relations and desires.
Zohra has maintained intimate relation with nature since childhood. Mentioning nature as the source of inspiration for creativity and a trustable resort, bold Zohra said ‘Before my marriage, i used to swim across the rivers alone’.      
Zohra has hosted a weekly musical programme on Nazrul song titled Nil Pairar Gaan on ETV for four month. ‘At the initial stage, it had duration of twenty-minutes but because of audience preferences it is now extended to one-hour’, said Zohra.
In this regard, Zohra said ‘Besides concerned institutional awareness, such type of friendly attitude of media is essential for enhancing popularity of Nazrul songs.’

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Homage to legendary dancer Gowher Jamil

Works of Gowher Jamil near extinct 

Musfequr Rahman

A file photo shows Gowher Jamil, left, performing with his daughter Kanta Jamil at University of Illinois in USA in 1980. The recital, titled ‘The Snake Charmers’, was the last onstage performance by Gowher.
The 31st death anniversary of legendary dancer Gowher Jamil observed with apparently no commemoration progrmme on Wednesday. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy had no arrangement for the commemoration.
Mahmud Selim, director of Dance and Music Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy said ‘We cannot arrange to commemorate such a legendary dancer on his death anniversary on September 21. But we regularly arrange staging of his dance drama and dance pieces at the Academy.’  
In a short span of time 1925 to 1980, the dancer-cum-choreographer Gowher Jamil, who created more than ten dance-dramas and above fifty dance-pieces, earned acclaims for numerous performances at home and abroad and also credited with ten movies as dance director. His unique contributions in popularising dance as a living art form in the conservation periods since 1940s’ and as an initiator in establishing cultural centres to prepare lot of artistes is known to dance connoisseurs.
For his mammoth contributions, he was awarded with Ekushey Padak, the second highest state level recognition posthumously in 1981. 
Eminent musician Asafuddowlah, who maintained regular converse from 1956- 1979 with the artiste said, ‘His outstanding elegance and ease mood during performances were incomparable. His dance compositions having excellent music compositions, most of the those composed by eminent sitarist of the time Ustad Mir Kashem Khan and musician Khadem Hossain Khan could easily touch the heart of audience.’
Eminent dancer Belayet Hossain Khan, also was a student of Gowher Jamil at later school ‘Jago Art Centre’ from 1973-1978 said ‘Gowher Jamil’s every dance choreography build on unique storyline and his productions had the capacity to incorporate contemporary people’. ‘Furthermore, his choreographies’ unique aesthetic powers, basic narratives and emotional liveliness have immense vigor, clarity and capacity to attain viewers’ acclaims even today. We, a troupe of twenty artistes recently staged his 120-minute dance-drama Samanyo Khoti at the 150th birth anniversary programme at Delhi and the viewers were amazed.’ added Belayet Hossain, also the principal of Jago Art Centre. 
Anarkoli, Kanchan Mala, Matrisneha, Hafizer Swapno, Dhaner Shishe Lage Dola, Shei Din Ar Ai Din, Bichar, Indrer Shobha, Ek Mutho Bhater Jonno, Nrittyanchal are some his outstanding dance drama portray the life and beauty of rural Bangla, patriotism, famine and others contemporary issues and literatures.  
‘Kanchal Mala and Samannoy Khoti have been staged by the artistes of his school frequently but his others dance dramas are near to extinct’ grieved Belayet.

Gowher Jamil  (right) and Alpona Momtaz in the dance drama Kanchanmala in 1962.

Courtesy - Kanta Jamil

Gowher Jamil’s timeless dance pieces included Fishermen, Polo, Village Fair, Nomad Snake Charmer and various dances on ethnic minorities are even earned acclaims.
Eminent dancer Rowshan Jamil, wife of Gowher Jamil, credited with great inspiration to the life of Gowher since their marriage in 1952 till his untimely departure. Since then Rowshan shared her expertise in bulk of his productions till his demise as assistance choreographer and co-dancer.
‘So far I know, Shilpakala and cultural affairs ministry did not take any initiative to preserve his outstanding creations for education and to delight for the future generations.’ said Asafuddowla.
‘Concerned authorities have not paid due responses in preserving his creations,’ observed Gowher Jamil’s daughter Kanta Jamil, a classical dancer and a co- performer with his father.
‘We took an initiative to make video documentation of his creations through his living students and contemporaries few years back. But it was remained pending because of financial constraint.’ added Dr Kanta Jamil, who is monitoring and evaluation advisor of health office of USAID.
Mahmud Selim said ‘ Shilpakala had a plan to make video records of his, along with some other eminent dancers’ works with their living co-artistes and dancers to preserve.’
Gowher Jamil established Jago Art Centre in 1959 at Shamibagh in Dhaka and was the founding director.
Two other branches of Jago Art Centre were established respectively at New York by Gowher Jamil’s youngest daughter Kakon Jamil, at Maryland by Gowher Jamil’s student Rosemary Mitu Gonsalves.
Students of those centres are getting the opportunity to practice Gowher Jamil’s some dance pieces, folk dances and dance dramas regularly. 

 

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Musfequr Rahman

A file photo shows Gowher Jamil, left, performing with his daughter Kanta Jamil at University of Illinois in USA in 1980. The recital, titled ‘The Snake Charmers’, was the last onstage performance by Gowher.
The 31st death anniversary of legendary dancer Gowher Jamil observed with apparently no commemoration progrmme on Wednesday. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy had no arrangement for the commemoration.
Mahmud Selim, director of Dance and Music Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy said ‘We cannot arrange to commemorate such a legendary dancer on his death anniversary on September 21. But we regularly arrange staging of his dance drama and dance pieces at the Academy.’  
In a short span of time 1925 to 1980, the dancer-cum-choreographer Gowher Jamil, who created more than ten dance-dramas and above fifty dance-pieces, earned acclaims for numerous performances at home and abroad and also credited with ten movies as dance director. His unique contributions in popularising dance as a living art form in the conservation periods since 1940s’ and as an initiator in establishing cultural centres to prepare lot of artistes is known to dance connoisseurs.
For his mammoth contributions, he was awarded with Ekushey Padak, the second highest state level recognition posthumously in 1981. 
Eminent musician Asafuddowlah, who maintained regular converse from 1956- 1979 with the artiste said, ‘His outstanding elegance and ease mood during performances were incomparable. His dance compositions having excellent music compositions, most of the those composed by eminent sitarist of the time Ustad Mir Kashem Khan and musician Khadem Hossain Khan could easily touch the heart of audience.’
Eminent dancer Belayet Hossain Khan, also was a student of Gowher Jamil at later school ‘Jago Art Centre’ from 1973-1978 said ‘Gowher Jamil’s every dance choreography build on unique storyline and his productions had the capacity to incorporate contemporary people’. ‘Furthermore, his choreographies’ unique aesthetic powers, basic narratives and emotional liveliness have immense vigor, clarity and capacity to attain viewers’ acclaims even today. We, a troupe of twenty artistes recently staged his 120-minute dance-drama Samanyo Khoti at the 150th birth anniversary programme at Delhi and the viewers were amazed.’ added Belayet Hossain, also the principal of Jago Art Centre. 
Anarkoli, Kanchan Mala, Matrisneha, Hafizer Swapno, Dhaner Shishe Lage Dola, Shei Din Ar Ai Din, Bichar, Indrer Shobha, Ek Mutho Bhater Jonno, Nrittyanchal are some his outstanding dance drama portray the life and beauty of rural Bangla, patriotism, famine and others contemporary issues and literatures.  
‘Kanchal Mala and Samannoy Khoti have been staged by the artistes of his school frequently but his others dance dramas are near to extinct’ grieved Belayet.

Gowher Jamil  (right) and Alpona Momtaz in the dance drama Kanchanmala in 1962.

Courtesy - Kanta Jamil

Gowher Jamil’s timeless dance pieces included Fishermen, Polo, Village Fair, Nomad Snake Charmer and various dances on ethnic minorities are even earned acclaims.
Eminent dancer Rowshan Jamil, wife of Gowher Jamil, credited with great inspiration to the life of Gowher since their marriage in 1952 till his untimely departure. Since then Rowshan shared her expertise in bulk of his productions till his demise as assistance choreographer and co-dancer.
‘So far I know, Shilpakala and cultural affairs ministry did not take any initiative to preserve his outstanding creations for education and to delight for the future generations.’ said Asafuddowla.
‘Concerned authorities have not paid due responses in preserving his creations,’ observed Gowher Jamil’s daughter Kanta Jamil, a classical dancer and a co- performer with his father.
‘We took an initiative to make video documentation of his creations through his living students and contemporaries few years back. But it was remained pending because of financial constraint.’ added Dr Kanta Jamil, who is monitoring and evaluation advisor of health office of USAID.
Mahmud Selim said ‘ Shilpakala had a plan to make video records of his, along with some other eminent dancers’ works with their living co-artistes and dancers to preserve.’
Gowher Jamil established Jago Art Centre in 1959 at Shamibagh in Dhaka and was the founding director.
Two other branches of Jago Art Centre were established respectively at New York by Gowher Jamil’s youngest daughter Kakon Jamil, at Maryland by Gowher Jamil’s student Rosemary Mitu Gonsalves.
Students of those centres are getting the opportunity to practice Gowher Jamil’s some dance pieces, folk dances and dance dramas regularly. 

 


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