Sabina gets first Feroza Begum memorial award

Cultural Correspondent
Feroza Begum award

Sabina Yasmin receives the award at the programme.
— Snigdha Zaman

In a rare public performance of Nazrul Sangeet, eminent singer Sabina Yasmin on Thursday sang two lines of the song Amar Jabar Somoy Holo at a programme marking the handover of the first Feroza Begum Smrity Swarnapadak.
Sabina Yasmin received the award, established by Dhaka University, at the university’s Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Hall.
DU vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique handed over a gold medal and a cheque for TK100,000 to Yasmin with a host of celebrities in attendance.
Besides Sabina Yasmin, Partha Pratim Mitra, a student of the music department of Dhaka University, who graduated at the top of his class, also received a gold medal and a cheque for Tk20,000.
The idea behind the Feroza Begum Smrity Swarnapadak, funded by Feroza Begum Memorial Trust, is to acknowledge the work of a renowned singer and a student of the music department every year.
The awards ceremony was presided by Dr Nasreen Ahmad, pro-vice-chancellor (education) of Dhaka University.
Among others, there were Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, singer and chairperson of the department of dance; Mohsina Akhter Khanam, chairperson of the department of music; Begum Akhter Kamal, dean of the faulty of humanities; Feroza’s brother Anis-ud-Daula, chairman of ACI Foundation and donor of Feroza Begum Memorial Trust; and her sons Shafin Ahmed and Hamin Ahmed.
The speakers talked about Feroza Begum’s contributions to Nazrul Sangeet.
‘It is Feroza Begum who helped bring Nazrul songs, earlier known as modern songs, under the imposing title of Nazrul Sangeet. She inspired a generation of singers,’ said AAMS Arefin Siddique.
In her speech, noted Tagore singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya said, ‘An award named after a legend has been given to another legend. This is a momentous occasion.’
After receiving the award, a humbled Yasmin recalled her associations with Feroza Begum, whom she called ‘a singer par excellence’ and an ‘inspiring figure.’
Afterwards, she sang two lines from a Nazrul song as a tribute to Feroza Begum. She also presented two of her patriotic numbers – Sob Kota Janala and Sei Rail Liner Dhare.

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