Devotional and mystic songs penned by legendary lyricist of Chattogram Abdul Gafur Hali has received copyright certificate.
Registrar Zafar Raja Chowdhury handed over the copyright certificates of 300 regional and Maizbhandari songs written by the mystic poet of Chattogram, to Abdul Gafur Hali Research Center Vice-Chairman Mohammad Mohsin and Secretary Nasir Uddin Haider, at the Copyright Office in Dhaka on Sunday noon.
About receiving the certificate, Mohammad Mohsin, also the vice-chairman of business conglomerate PHP Family, told the Business Standard, "We are proud of this first copyright certificate for any artist from Chattogram."
"We at the PHP family are proud to be involved in the initiative to preserve his art and creativity," he added.
Mentionable, Abdul Gafur Hali is a legendary lyricist and composer of devotional Maizbhandari songs of Chattogram. He has written about 2,000 songs. A collection of 76 Maizbhandari songs of Abdul Gafur Hali have been translated into German.
Researcher Professor Hans Harder of Heidelberg University of Germany published the collection of 76 songs under the title of 'Pagla Gafur Says' in 2004. Professor Harder denoted the songs as "Mystical songs of East Bengal (Bangladesh) composed by Abdul Gafur Hali".
Gafur Hali's songs have been also researched by world-renowned anthropologist Peter Bertussi and American music researcher Dr Benjamin Krakaur.
Gafur Hali was born on 6 August, 1928 in Rashidabad village under Patia upazila of Chattogram. After completing a music career of over 80 years, he died on 21 December, 2016.