Mir Dinar Hossain, Special Correspondent:
August 1 marks the golden jubilee of George Harrison’s historic ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ in raising funds for Bangladesh during the War of Liberation.
On this day in 1971, such a big event was held for the first time in the world to help the refugees of Bangladesh, especially in support of the liberation war.
Thanks to the efforts of Pandit Ravi Shankar at Madison Square Garden in New York, the event is unforgettable in the history of the Liberation War. On the occasion of the day, the Postal Department has issued commemorative stamps, opening envelopes and data cards.
Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar today released a commemorative stamp worth Tk 10 and an opening envelope worth Tk 10 from his office in Dhaka to commemorate the day. Besides, a data card worth Rs 5 was launched. The Minister used a seal in this regard. He made a statement in this regard.
In a statement, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications said that the main theme of the concert song in Bangladesh was the call to the people of the world to stand by the people of Bangladesh.
He said that the big attraction of ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ was George Harrison and Bob Dylan. George Harrison sang eight songs. Bob Dylan sang five songs. Ringo Starr and Billy Preston sang one song each.
Leon Russell did a solo and a song with Don Preston. At the end of the program, George Harrison sang his unforgettable song ‘Bangladesh, Bangladesh’. The song is written and composed by George Harrison himself.
On the same day, in the world court, the state called Bangladesh was known as an independent country even before independence. Millions of people around the world heard the name of Bangladesh for the first time, knew about the ongoing liberation war of that day, the brutal massacre and destruction of the Pakistani aggressors.
Commemorative stamps, opening envelopes and datacards will be available from Thursday at the Philatelic Bureau of Dhaka GPO and later at other GPOs and major post offices across the country.