Ekushey February, the great Martyrs Day and the International Mother Language Day, is being observed today marking the 70th years of the Language Movement. With Bangladesh, Unesco has been celebrating the day with due dignity since 2000.
People from all walks of life are paying glowing tributes to the memories of language movement martyrs, the valiant sons of the soil who made supreme sacrifices to establish the rights of the mother tongue Bangla in 1952.
People wearing black badges are paying rich tribute at Shaheed Minars across the country and graves of the language heroes by placing wreaths.
Many songs have been written on Language Movement remembering the sacrifice of Salam, Rafiq, Barkat, Jabbar. Renowned poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid has penned various songs on Language Movement and mother tongue as well. Among his songs, ‘21 February’ and ‘Tomay Ma Go Kemne Daki’ commemorate the history and meaning of the language movement and its significance along with pay rich tribute to the language heroes.
The music of the songs has been composed by late Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul. Kishore Das and Farhana rendered their voices to the song ‘21 February’. The other song titled ‘Tomay Ma Go Kemne Daki’ is sung by Nandita.
The songs have been published on the website of Khalidsangeet Besides, the songs have also been released on YouTube’s ‘Khalid Sangeet’ channel.
Besides, Mahbubul Khalid penned and tuned another song which encourages us about the correct use Bengali Language and urges us to retain the honour of the language as supreme sacrifice needed for the right of the mother tongue. Sabrina Nowshin gave her voice to the song titled ‘O re Bangali Bangladeshi’.
Mentionable, the poems and songs written by Mahbubul Khalid contain religious and social festivals along with national and international observances. He writes and composes songs for all humankind irrespective of race, religion and caste. To him, music is not for any race or religion, music is for everyone. His songs and poems are rich with the message of love and humanity.
His recent song on Covid-19 pandemic has been widely appreciated and created awareness on the deadly virus. All his songs and poems are published on his website ‘khalidsangeet.com’. Besides, music videos of his songs are also released on YouTube channel ‘Khalid Sangeet’.