To mark Feroza Begum’s 91st Birth Anniversary, Feroza Begum Archive website was launched on July 28
Legendary Nazrul Sangeet exponent Feroza Begum devoted her life to promote and teach music specially Nazrul Sangeet, becoming an unparalleled singer in the arena of Nazrul Sangeet. To mark Feroza Begum’s 91st Birth Anniversary, Feroza Begum Archive website was launched on July 28. This website consists of all her contributions to music thus, honouring the life and work of this eminent singer.
On behalf of brother of Feroza Begum and Chairman of ACI Foundation M Anis Ud Dowla, anchor of the launching programme, eminent singer Sadya Afreen Mollick read out the message of Dowla and inaugurated the Website.
In his speech he said this archive of Feroza Begum will remain untarnished and will be available to all in the country and abroad. He also requested to the audience to share any important documents related to Feroza Begum to be treasured safely in this archive.
The Chief Guest Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Honourable Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament paid tribute to late Feroza Begum. Matiur Rahman, Editor, The Daily Prothom Alo recalled the devotion of Artiste Feroza Begum. Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Former Cultural Minister also attended the program and shared his valuable memories with Feroza Begum.
Noted lyricist and singer Mohammad Asafuddowlah, a former secretary and brother of Feroza Begum spoke fondly about growing up with his sister. He acknowledged her devotion to music in the subcontinent. Popular band singer Shafin Ahmed, who is the son of Feroza Begum, also spoke fondly about his mother.
Renowned Singer Anup Ghoshal joined the programme from Kolkata virtually. Eminent singers of the subcontinent Aarti Mukherjee, Haimanti Sukla and Srikanta Acharya paid their tribute to Feroza Begum during the event through a video message. Renowned artistes, singers and many other cultural personalities expressed their homage to Feroza Begum virtually from around the globe. Noted artist Mustafa Monwar and Famous singer Ferdausi Rahman attended the programme.
Sadya Afreen Mollick read out the message of beloved niece and disciple of Feroza Begum, singer, Shusmita Anis, who led this 3 year-long project of Feroza Begum Archive concluded this virtual event by giving a vote of thanks.
For Feroza Begum’s lifelong contribution to music, she received many awards and honours including the Swadhinata Padak, Netaji Subhash Chandra Award, Satyajit Ray Award, Nasiruddin Gold Medal, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Gold Medal, D Lit from University of Bardwan, Banga Samman, Mahaguru and Banga Bibhushan from the State Government of West Bengal, India.