The 102nd death anniversary of noted dhamail music composer and lyricist Radha Raman Dutta was observed at Keshabpur village under Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj on Friday.
As part of the programme, different socio-cultural organisations, Jagannathpur upazila administration and Radha Raman Parishad chalked out different programmes.
District cultural officer Ahmed Manzurul Haque Chowdhury said that Jagannathpur upazila administration and Radha Raman Parishad arranged a cultural programme and discussion meeting on the occasion.
“To protect the memory of Radha Raman, the government has taken initiatives. Some 60 decimals of land were allocated to construct Radha Raman Complex. The complex will be constructed at his ancestral home,” he said.
Besides, 3000 songs of 28 folk singers were collected under Jotsna project in Sunamganj upazila.
Of those, 1050 songs are of Radha Raman, he added.
Radha Raman Dutta was an influential Sylheti Dhamali music composer and lyricist from Jagannathpur Upazila under Sunamganj.
Radha Raman Datta composed over 3,000 songs and was known in particular for his “Geets” and “Dhamal” songs – compositions to traditional dance forms. He has been cited as the creator of the Dhamail art form.
His most popular song include Bhromor Koio Giya, Kare Dhekabo Moner Dhukko, Sham Chikon Kalia, Bologo Bologo Shoki, Moneh nai Moneh nai, Jole Jaio na Gho Rai, Oh Bashi re, Sham Na Ki Cholila and Jole Gia Chilam Shoi.
He has been cited as the creator of the Dhamail art form. His compositions are performed today in weddings all over Bangladesh. Many popular Bengali songs of today have been written originally by Radha Raman and his songs are sung by modern professional musicians in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
Radha Raman’s most popular song, ‘Bhromor Koiyo Giya’, was copied by Romanian singer Liviu Mititelu, for which it is called ‘Vorbesc Cu tine Nu Ma Auzi’. This cover version was also a copy of the composition by Armeen Musa’s first version of the original song.
The festival featured Baul, Dhamail, Kirtan, Gurubadi and other mystic songs.