Honour Indian artistes, Bangladesh scholar says

April 6th, 2008 - 3:11 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, April 6 (IANS) Indian artistes such as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Suchitra Sen should be honoured by Bangladesh, says a renowned scholar here. Bangladesh should enact a law to felicitate Bengali artistes and foreigners who contributed to the country’s freedom movement, writer and music enthusiast Fakhruddin Ahmed has said.

Ahmed cited Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and the late Beatle, George Harrison, as those who needed to be honoured, the Daily Times reported Sunday.

Among other Indians he feels should be honoured are actor Suchitra Sen and singers Manna Dey and Suman Kalyanpur. He wants Dhaka to posthumously award Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar from the world of Hindi cinema.

Ravi Shankar and Harrison organised a ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ at the Madison Square Garden in New York Aug 1, 1971, months before Bangladesh was born.

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