K M Khaled, MP, The State minister for the ministry of cultural affairs, was present as chief guest. Mominul Islam, Managing Director, and CEO of IPDC, represented IPDC Finance. M Badrul Arefin, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Md. Abdus Sattar, Registrar, Department of Patent, Design & Trademarks, Shabiha Pervin, additional secretary of Ministry of Cultural Affairs and president of copyright board, Jafor Raja Chowdhury, registrar Bangladesh Copyright Office also attended the program.
The ministry has taken this initiative to attract creative personalities, intellectuals, eminent artists, writers, and those closely involved in creative activities in the education and research profession. IPDC has been awarded for its cautious effort of preventing the oblivious extinction of folk music and rekindle admiration among the younger generation.
Collecting copyright registration certificates is of utmost importance to the originator and building a solid and competitive creative field. Regardless of the concern, the effort seems negligible among renowned artists, writers, and those closely involved in creative activities in the education and research profession. It is perhaps the evident lack of awareness or interest in acquiring protection through copyright registration.
To address the concern, the ‘Intellectual Property Protection Honorary Memorandum’ was introduced in 2018 to recognize copyright registered intellectual property activities, interest in the protection of intellectual property rights of the applicant, contribution to the practice or extension, etc.
On receiving the memento, the Managing Director and CEO of IPDC Finance, Mominul Islam, thanked the authority. He expressed his desire to present unsung music genres, like folk music, into the global limelight. He further added, “With IPDC Amader Gaan, we have taken the initiative; however, our culture is glorious. I invite all to come forward and enrich this native culture. As we are economically advancing, our culture will be an asset for us; we must preserve it.
To promote Bangladeshi folk music globally, IPDC Finance Limited created a virtual platform, ‘IPDC Amader Gaan,’ in September last year. Since its inception, the platform has released nine folk songs on its YouTube channel with the same title. The platform exclusively features diverse musical influences and offers studio-recorded performances by promising singers of the country. Penned by several mystic bards, including Fakir Lalon Shah, Shah Abdul Karim, and Palli Kabi Jasimuddin, several covers received unparalleled popularity. The channel alone has got 10M+ views, while the total views of the songs of ‘IPDC Amader Gaan’ on different channels of Youtube and Facebook have exceeded 100M.