Renowned singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah was honoured by Citibank, NA, Bangladesh at its annual “Gaane Gaane Gunijon Songbordhona” programme at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka on September 20.
Expressing her reaction, Shahnaz Rahmatullah said: “After a long time I am a receiving such an honor in the country and it feels wonderful. I hope in the future more institutions will come forward to promote the art and culture of our nation, as this kind of recognition facilitates to enrich and inspire the artistic community.”
Eminent lyricist, film director and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar spoke about the legendry artist’s illustrious musical career at the programme. Mahbub Jamil, chairman of Singer Bangladesh and Rashed Maqsood, Citi country officer for Bangladesh, presented Ms Rahmatullah an honorary crest and a self portrait for her outstanding contributions to enriching the cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
Rashed Maqsood said: “We are proud to have the privilege to honour the legendary artiste whose music has been a significant part of Bangladesh’s vibrant cultural heritage. Her unfathomable energy continues to be a source of joy and inspiration for many including the future generation of our country.”
To pay homage to Shahnaz Rahmatullah, popular singer Samina Chowdhury enthralled the audience with an outstanding performance of some timeless songs of Rahmatullah. She rendered Sagorer Teer Theke, Sagorer Soikote, Amay Jodi Proshno Kore, Phuler Kane Bhromor Ese, Parina Bhule Jete, Aro Kichhu Dao Na Dukhho and a few more.
Finally, Shahnaz Rahmatullah came on stage at the request of the organiser and audience, she sang three of her all time hits, “Ekbar Jete De Na Amar Chotto Sonar Gaye”, “Je Chilo Drishtir Shimanay,” and “Ek Tara Tui Desher Kotha.” She mesmerised the audience with her breathtaking voice and at the end they expressed admiration to the veteran singer by giving her a standing ovation.
In her kaleidoscopic journey of over 50 years in music, Shahnaz Rahmatullah has recorded around 500 songs in radio and TV. As recognition to her career Shahnaz Rahmatullah received many awards including the Ekushey Padak in 1992. Pakistan Television gave her lifetime achievement award during the 45 years celebration of the TV channel in 2007.