The International Women’s Day is being celebrated in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the globe today (Tuesday). The day is observed every year on March 8 to ensure women’s rights and gender equality. This year the theme of the day is: under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”
The goal behind Women’s Day is to spread the message of gender equality, celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in different spheres, and work towards building a society free of all gender biases, stereotypes, gender parity and discrimination. On this day, people appreciate the strong, intelligent, talented and simply extraordinary women in their lives.
The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
From the beginning of civilization, the contribution of men for the development of the world is as much as of women. The role of women is parallel in the history of the advancement of civilization. But still women are constantly being treated as inferior to men and they are subjected to gender-based violence.
The fact deeply shocked Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid. For which, he has penned several songs which voice for women and call upon all to stop violence against them and ensure their rights.
Among the songs, Nari Amar Ma (Women is my Mother), ‘Ke Bole Nari Poradhin’ (Who say Women are Dependent), ‘Nari Ki Atoi Naganno’ (Is Women so Ignoble) are most noteworthy. Lyricist Mahbubul Khalid himself tuned the music of the song Nari Amar Ma in which Nandita rendered her voice.
Late composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul has composed the music of the other two songs sung by Nandita and Luipa.
Music videos of the songs have been released on the lyricist’s YouTube channel ‘Khalid Sangeet’. Beside the songs have been published on Mahbubul Khalid’s musical website ‘khalidsangeet.com’.
Mentionable, poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid has penned and tuned a vast number of songs including various days or observance, popular and renowned personalities, social awareness etc. His recent song on Covid-19 pandemic titled ‘Corona Ke Voy Koro Na’ (Don’t get panicked of Coronavirus) has been widely appreciated and created awareness on the deadly virus.