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National Film Award-2010

Sujeya Syam wins award for background music

Musfequr Rahman

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Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Sujeya Syam won National Film Award-2010 under the best music composer category for composing background music in the movie Abujh Bau, a Nargis Akter’s movie based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short-story Samapti.
This is his first national award for composing background music, Sujeya Syam had earlier won the national award on three occasions as music director composing playbacks in the movies Hasan Raja, Joy Jatra and Antar Jatra.
The unique presentation of the acoustic instruments has made the background music special from the other 26 nominations under the background music category, observed seasoned composer Syam, who has vast experience of composing music with acoustic instruments.  
‘A group of leading instrumentalists including sitarist Firoz Khan, sarodist Yousuf, violinists Almas and Badsha, flutist Gazi Abdul Hakim, table player Milan Bhattacharya, esraj player Ashit, key-boardist Daulater Rahman, among others took part in the orchestra team of the background music for Abujh Bau,’ Syam told New Age.
Syam, who has directed music in around 25 films, however, is very selective these days. ‘Except for few directors, it is difficult to work in commercial movies. The situation has been deteriorating since 1980s due to two major causes: the number of acoustic players has reduced for many causes including poor honourarium and increase of the tendency of using recorded soundtracks of foreign movies,’ he said.
‘Many well-reputed orchestras like Alauddin Little Orchestra and Dhaka Orchestrahas have been abolished at the excessive use of electronic instruments,’ added Syam, who has a worthy memory of working with huge orchestra teams comprising of 40 to 50 acoustic musicians before the war of independence.
Born in 1946, in Sylhet, Sujeya Syem joined Chittagong centre of the then Pakistani radio in 1964 as Hawaiian Guitarist. Subsequently, he joined Dhaka centre in 1968 as an instrumentalist. After the independence, he rejoined as music producer and retired as the principal producer from Bangladesh Betar in 2001.
But most glorious part of Syam’s life is his whole-hearted participation in the war of independent as an artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He joined SBBK as a composer in the first week of June in 1971 and composed timeless inspiring songs like Rokto diye naam likhechhi, Bijoy nishan urchhey oi and many more to boost the freedom fighters.
‘Bijoy nishan urchhey oi, written by Shahidul Islam and rendered by a chorus led by Ajit Roy, was the last song of SBBK as well as the first song aired on the Bangladesh Betar after the independence,’ a proud participant of the history, Syam, told New Age.
Accusing every successive government since 1972 for not taking any initiative of preserving the songs aired on SBBK, Syam, told New Age, ‘We hardly can remember around 50 songs out of about 200 patriotic songs aired on SBBK these days. Composers of the radio station like Samar Das and Ajit Roy have already died. I’m also not in well condition. I’m concerned about the future of these songs, if those are not preserved till we are alive and active.’
Channel i and Robi also honoured Sujeya Syam with lifetime achievement award on December 16, 2011.

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