Renowned Bangladeshi singer and one of the leading practitioners of Lalan Geeti, Farida Parveen brought some relief amidst the scorching heat of early June in the Indian national capital New Delhi. The prominent Bangladesh singer sang Lalan’s songs at the official residence of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee along with India International Centre on June 2 and 3 respectively.
At the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book written on the mystic poet in Hindi named “Lalan Shah Fakir Ke Geet”. Professor Muchkund Dubey, who served as Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh in the late 80s, has written the book.
Receiving the book, the Indian President congratulated Professor Dubey for giving an opportunity of paying tribute to the mystic poet Fakir Lalan Shah. President Mukherjee also appreciated the “Sahitya Akademi” for publishing the book. He also thanked and congratulated the Indian Council for Cultural Relation producing a DVD featuring the Hindi version of Lalan’s songs written by Professor Dubey and sung by Bengali singer Farida Parveen.
While speaking on the occasion, the Indian President said that Rabindranath Tagore was the first man who brought out Lalan’s song to the public and now Lalan geeti has become the mainstream of folk music in Bangladesh.
The Information Minister of Bangladesh, Hasanul Haq also attended the event and said that the publication of the Hindi version of Lalan’s work marks “new historic bridge of friendship between India and Bangladesh.” The minister added that the launch of Hindi translation of Lalan’s work will take Lalan’s poems and songs to more and more souls and promote a new age of a secular subcontinent that will be free from terrorism and discrimination.