The Concert for Bangladesh is one of the greatest moments of our war of independence. We all know of Mr George Harrison as the organizer of the concert. Sadly, we started talking of him after his death. And still today, we don’t have any significant permanent display of respect for him. Do we have any road, theater, gallery, concert hall named after him? Is he in our children’s history books?
And more importantly, while celebrating George Harrison and the concert for Bangladesh, we tend to forget the main person behind the concert for Bangladesh. It was Pundit Ravi Shankar who first thought of this concert. He convinced George Harrison enough to step on this never heard before concept of arranging a concert for a political cause.
Here is how George Harrison himself testifies Ravi Shankar as the architect of the idea.
Also missing from our tribute are other players, as you see in the footage, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jim keltner, Ringo Starr, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, Kamala Shankar etc.
Billy Preston died several months ago, I searched hard, never saw a mention of the news in Bangladesh media, let alone a tribute to him for being part of the Concert for Bangladesh.
We are crazy about the song Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh. Many of us know of the song. But if you ask this same group, very few people will know of a musical masterpiece, the “Bangla Dhun”. Three Musical legends of the subcontinent, got together to create this masterpiece that was first performed at Madsion Square Garden during the concert for Bangladesh.
Best Setar Player Ustad Ravi Shankar with the help of the worlds best Tabla player Alla Rakha did the duet with the legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in this Bangla Dhun.
Listen to this Bangla Dhun. It is an unforgettable experience.
We owe a lot to all these legends who helped us in our need. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan has left us, so did Ustad Alla Rakha. Pundit Ravi Shankar is still alive among us. I hope we won’t start talking about his contribution after his death. This man deserves unconditional tribute from our nation.
Last week when I found out that our new cricket stadium at Mirpur is named after Sher-e-Bangla, I wondered, don’t we have enough stuff named after Sher-e-Bangla, Shohrawardi, Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman and Maolana Bhashani? Sher–bangla proably tops the list. Isn’t it about the time we start paying tribute to our freedom fighters, philanthropists, martyred intellectuals. By the away, except his wife (Johora Tajuddin), Daughter (Simin) and son (Sohel), what we have named after Mr. Tajuddin? After Bangabandhu wasn’t he the top leader of our independence war ? We have a lot of stuff named after Hazi Muhammad Mohsin (don’t know exactly how much was his contribution to Bangladesh), what did we do to pay tribute to Mr. R P Shaha, the greatest Philanthropist and a martyr of 71?
As a nation we will never be successful until we pay tribute to those who helped build this nation.
[ P.S. Rather giving the full music, I tried to post small truncated portions of footage from the concert for Bangladesh. I urge all to buy this CD. All the proceedings of this CD sell goes to the UNICEF program in Bangladesh. ]