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Friendship Day reflected in Mahbubul Khalid`s song

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Published: 00:50, 1 August 2021   Update: 00:57, 1 August 2021
Friendship Day reflected in Mahbubul Khalid`s song

The International Friendship Day is being celebrated today (Sunday) in Bangladesh and many other countries around the world. In this day, people acknowledge the contribution of friends in their lives, express love for them, cherish their presence and pay them a tribute.

The Friendship Day is generally celebrated on July 30. However, countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and United States mark Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August every year.

Friendship Day was first organized in 1930 by the founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall with the intension of selling greeting cards. An International Friendship Day was first proposed on July 30, 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, an international civil organization that campaigns to foster peaceful culture through friendship.

Later in 1998, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s wife Nane Annan named the cartoon character, Winnie the Pooh, as the world's Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. Finally on April 27, 2011, United Nations’ General Assembly declared July 30 as official International Friendship Day. The Assembly even went so far as to invite all the member states to celebrate the occasion in accordance with their own customs and practices.

Friendship is a bond that two or more people share. Friends are very important for all. Friends are always there when people need them and never forget to help, support, and motivate. Furthermore, people can discuss things with friends that they aren’t able to share with family.

The Friendship Day is celebrated by exchanging greeting cards and gifts, spending quality time with best friends. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing people to stay at home this year, many people won't get a chance to meet their closest friends. But one can always reach out with the help of several social media platforms available today and let them know how special they are.

Noted Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid penned songs on various national and international days. Among them is a song on Friendship Day which highlights the necessity of friends in human lives and reflects the meaning of the day.

Popular composer late Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul tuned the song titled 'Bondhu' (Friend) in which promising singers Somnur Monir Konal and Rajib rendered their voices. The song has been published on www.khalidsangeet.com, a website that contains the music of Mahbubul Khalid. Besides, a music video has also been released on YouTube’s ‘Khalid Sangeet’ channel.

Apart from this song, Mahbubul Khalid penned and tuned a vast number of songs on different days and observance including Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Mahbubul Khalid recently wrote a song to create awareness on Corona pandemic. He also composed music of the song titled Corona Ke Voy Koro Na (Don't Get Panicked of Coronavirus). The song has also released on YouTube and khalidsangeet.com and received huge popularity.

Augustin Sujan/Nasim