Family members of the late Abdur Rahman Boyati told the press that mobile phone companies owe him Tk16 crore for using his music commercially without permission. They demanded quick disbursement of the sum at a press meet on March 4 at the press club conference room.
Boyati’s son Md Alam Boyati said, “On behalf of my family, I’m requesting all mobile phone companies, FM radios and CD-VCD distributors to ensure that Abdur Rahman Boyati’s songs won’t be pirated anymore. On top, we’re requesting mobile phone companies to promptly return the Tk16 crore they owe my father.”
Recently, singer Farida Parveen approached the court on this matter, said the late singer’s son.
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Abdur Rahman Boyati Collected
Alam Boyati also said, “From now on, no music of my father can be downloaded, uploaded or remixed without the permission of the family or the Abdur Rahman Boyati Foundation. Moreover, FM radios, TV channels and CD-VCD distributors also need permission from the foundation to use his music. Otherwise, we will take legal action.”
He thanked the prime minister for extending her support at this difficult time.
“We thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for awarding my father the Ekushey Padak and for taking off the burden of Tk4 lakh in medical loans off our shoulders.”
Born in 1939 in Dhaka, Abdur Rahman Boyati was a prominent folk singer, composer and music director. He released over 500 solo albums.
Some of his famous songs include “Mon Amar Dehoghori,” “Ami Bhuli Bhuli,” “Amar Matir Ghore Indhur Dhukechhe,” “Moroneri Kotha Keno Shoron Korona,” “Ma Amenar Kole Futlo Ful,” and “Chhere De Nouka Majhi Jabo Nodiya,” among others.
He died on August 19, 2013 at the capital’s Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com