Published:Monday, 28 Sep 2020 10:09
Today is the 88th Death Anniversary of Pritilata Waddedar, the first woman who embraced martyrdom for the country’s freedom from British colonial rule. Pritilata, the illustrious anti-British revolutionary from Bengal, sacrificed her life on September 24 to liberate her motherland from the colonial rule in 1932.
Pritilata was born in Chittagong on May 5, 1911 to a middle class family. She was very meritorious and began dreaming of freedom of her country from British rule when she was a student.
In early 1930s Pritilata joined the armed resistance movement led by Mastarda Surya Sen who in 1932 planned an attack on Pahartali European Club. On September 23, 1932, Pritilata was assigned to lead a team of 10-12 men that would attack the Club. The raid was successful but Pritilata, dressed as a man, was trapped.
She committed suicide by swallowing cyanide that the team was carrying and thus end her short endeavor in fighting for freedom of her country in the early moment of September 24.
Noted Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul A Khalid has penned a song paying tribute to the revolutionary who embraced martyrdom at the age of 21. Late composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul tuned the song titled ‘Pritilata’. Three popular young singers Tina Mostary, Saran and Rafsan have rendered their voices to the song.
The song has been published on Mahbubul A Khalid’s musical website ‘khalidsangeet.com’.
About the song, lyricist Mahbubul A Khalid said, Pritilata was fearless and embraced martyrdom for the liberation of her motherland. The sacrifice of the revolutionary did not go vain. Her death inspires many revolutionaries which ultimately brought the freedom from British rule. In this song, the life and sacrifice of Pritilata has been highlighted. Hope all will love the song and know more about Pritilata.
Mentionable, poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul A Khalid has penned and tuned a vast number of songs including various days or observance, popular and renowned personalities, social awareness etc. His recent song on Covid-19 pandemic has been widely appreciated and created awareness on the deadly virus.
All his songs and poems are published on his website ‘khalidsangeet.com’. Besides, music videos of his songs are also released on YouTube channel ‘Khalid Sangeet’.