The whole world is in a tumult, and Bangladesh is not being spared. In a society plagued by intolerance, violence and hate, the messages of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam – a beacon of human virtues -- are becoming more and more relevant, but they are not being said loud enough.
Gems of Nazrul -- Sadya Afreen Mallick's brainchild project to let the Rebel Poet's messages of harmony and righteousness reverberate among people, has just released its second production: “Joy Hok”, a powerful song about an illuminated path of peace, harmony, and truth.
A number of seasoned and promising singers came together to give these messages the voice it deserved – led by Sadya Mallick, who is this year's recipient of the Nazrul Award. With musical arrangement and video direction by Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb, “Joy Hok” has found a vibrant, energetic audiovisual appeal fitting to Nazrul's spirit.
Singers Shaheen Samad, Fatema Tuz Zohra,Yasmeen Mushtari, Roushan Ara Shoma, Rahat Ara Geeti, Nasima Shaheen, Zannate Ferdous, Somnur Monir Konal, Tanzina Karim Swaralipi, Ismat Ara Eva, Swarnali Shaha, Shelu Borua, Maidul Islam, Bizon Mistry, Ashish Sarker, Mahmud Hasan, Waqeel Ahad, Ibrahim Turoskey, Ashim Kumer Dhruba, Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb and Sadya Afreen Mallick recorded the song.
Participation of the students of the Dhaka Residential Model School & College gives the video an exuberance that elevates the song's mood, equally with their disciplined march-past and youthful sporting moments.
Nazrul was a genius of many folds, but the one that hits home the most was probably his lyrical dexterity. “Joy Hok” is a living testament of that aspect of Nazrul. His signature way of weaving words in an intricate manner yet being so clear in its essence, is one of the hallmarks of the song. Gems of Nazrul's selection of this particular song – especially after the first song of the project “Dao Shourjo Dao Dhoirjo” that has a more serene, prayer-like approach – is remarkable because of the musical contrast with its predecessor, while upholding the same values.
Hasan Mahadi filmed and edited the video, which has been supported by Modhumoti Bank and Mahbubur Rahman, deputy CEO, HSBC Bangladesh.