Bangladesh’s Shahbagh movement may be homegrown but the song which has almost become its anthem is written and composed by a leading Indian folk artiste.
The Shahbagh movement began on February 5, hours after fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in prison for genocide during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971. The demonstrators are demanding death penalty to all war criminals and a ban on the politics of religion.
“I have written and composed the song ‘Shahbagh Dicchay Daak’ expressing solidarity with the Shahbagh movement. Organisers of the movement have told me that the song has gone viral on the cyber world and mainstream media.
Demonstrators were also seen rendering the song at the venue,” Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee of Bangla folk band Dohar told PTI from Kolkata.