Shah Abdul Karim Memorial Museum was inaugurated at the mystic’s own property in Uzandhal village of Sunamganj on Saturday. Photo: BP

The Shah Abdul Karim Memorial Museum, located at the mystic’s own property in Uzandhal village of Sunamganj, has begun its journey with an inauguration ceremony held on November 24 by notable economist and Chairman of Palli Karmo Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr. Kazi Khalikuzzaman Ahmed.
PKSF funded taka 35 lac to build the museum in order to preserve the memory of the late mystic, while Thengamara Mahila Shabuj Shangha (TMSS) facilitated the development. The mystic’s instruments, belongings, music, history and artifacts related to him will all be preserved in the museum.
Dr. Khalikuzzaman spoke as chief guest in a meeting organized for the occasion about the role of Shah Abdul Karim in the country’s culture. Managing Director of PKSF Md. Abdul Karim spoke as special guest while PKSF board member Munshi Foyez Ahmed and Professor Shafi Ahmed also spoke on the occasion as guest speakers.
Hosted by TMSS Executive Director Dr. Hosne Ara Begum, others who spoke at the event were PKSF deputy managing director Dr. Md. Jashimuddin and ADC of Sunamganj Md. Harunarrashid.
In the latter half of the event a cultural program was presented by Shah Noor Jalal, only child of Shah Abdul Karim and his troupe along with a cultural group from Heed Bangladesh.
Baul Shah Abdul Karim was born in 1916 in Dholasram village of Dirai upazila of Sunanganj. His revolutionary music was about society, beliefs, love, life, with messages of anti-superstition and anti-communalism. In the earlier part of his life he trained in and sang within the baul and mystic traditions, singing religious, jari, shari and palagaan music. But once in the latter half of his career he began to compose folk music, for which he became famous.
The late baul has written and composed over 1500 songs. In 2001 he was awarded Ekushey Padak for his musical contribution to the country, along with many other awards and honours. He passed away in 2009 in a private hospital in Sylhet.