April 2 is being observed as World Autism Awareness Day in Bangladesh and across the world. This day is dedicated to raising awareness on autism, which is a development disorder in children. It is characterised by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment.
However, is it very unfortunate that a vast number of people still have wrong ideas about autism. Because of this, Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul A Khalid penned a song to raise awareness on autism.
The song titled 'Autism to Kichu Noy' (Autism is not a disease) has been tuned by popular composer late Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul while celebrated singer Samina Chowdhury sang it. The song has been released on www.khalidsangeet.com. A music video is also available on the lyricist's YouTube channel 'Khalid Sangeet'.
Lyricist Mahbubul A Khalid said, "Autistic children are not mentally ill as it is not a disease. They can lead a normal life if they get proper care. They just need a little more attention. It is not right to confine autistic children indoors. They need to be sent to school like other kids. These children can one day win the world if they get the necessary support from their dear ones."